Maryland Terrapins women's basketball

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Maryland Terrapins
2023–24 Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Maryland
Head coachBrenda Frese (18th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationCollege Park, Maryland
ArenaXfinity Center
(Capacity: 17,950)
NicknameTerrapin
ColorsRed, white, gold, and black[1]
       
NCAA tournament champions
2006
NCAA tournament Final Four
1982, 1989, 2006, 2014, 2015
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
1982, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2023
NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
1982, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2021, 2022, 2023
NCAA tournament second round
1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
NCAA tournament appearances
1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
AIAW tournament runner-up
1978
AIAW tournament Final Four
1978
AIAW tournament Elite Eight
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
AIAW tournament Sweet Sixteen
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
AIAW tournament appearances
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Conference tournament champions
1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021
Conference regular season champions
1979, 1982, 1988, 1989, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021

The Maryland Terrapins women's basketball are an American basketball team. The team represents the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I competition. Maryland, a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), left the ACC in 2014 to join the Big Ten Conference. The program won the 2006 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament championship and has appeared in the NCAA Final Four five times (1982, 1989, 2006, 2014, 2015); Maryland also appeared once in the AIAW Final Four (1978). As members of the ACC, the Terrapins won regular season conference championships (1979, 1982, 1988, 1989, 2009) and an ACC-record ten conference tournament championships (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2009, 2012). The program won the Big Ten Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021.

Since 2002, the team has been led by head coach Brenda Frese. Over her 20 season tenure, she has led the Terrapins to 17 NCAA tournament appearances, ten NCAA Sweet Sixteens, six NCAA Elite Eight, three NCAA Final Fours, and the 2006 NCAA National Championship.

History[edit]

Women's basketball was first organized to play on campus in 1923.[2] The early teams participated solely in intracollegiate competition, with classes or sororities competing against each other for a trophy.[3] The team was officially recognized as a varsity sport in 1971, and was led by coach Dottie McKnight during its first four seasons.[4] The Terps were successful from the start, winning their first state championship in the 1972–73 season.[5] They went on to win ten ACC championships and one NCAA title.[5]

On January 26, 1975, the Terps played host to Immaculata in the first nationally televised women's college basketball game. The game took place in Cole Field House. Some sources report that Immaculata won 80–48,[6][7] while others report 85–63.[8][9] On March 9, 2019, Maryland won its 1000th game, becoming the 14th (unsure, based on 2017 data) team to win 1000 games. It did so at home against Michigan in the Big Ten Semifinals, which it won by a score of 73-72.

The team has been led by three head coaches: Dottie McKnight (1971–1975), Chris Weller (1975–2002), and Brenda Frese (2002–present).[4] Although McKnight only coached four seasons of Terps basketball, she quickly led her new team to success. She left with a record of 44–17 (.721).[4] Weller, a University of Maryland alumna ('66) and former Terps player, took over the head coaching position in 1975. She led the Terps to numerous national championship appearances and a total of eight ACC championship titles.[4] When she retired, Weller left with a 499–286 record (.636).[4] At the end of the 2018–19 season, current coach Brenda Frese has a record of 458–124 (.787).[4] She has also led her team to a national championship title, eight national championship appearances, and two conference championship titles. Frese is known for her recruiting skills, with Shay Doron being credited as her first major recruit.

Notable players[edit]

Many Terps have gone on to national prominence, appearing in the Olympics and playing in professional leagues.[10][11][12][13]

Miller with Maryland at the 2023 Big Ten tournament
Toliver during the 2017 WNBA Semifinals
Thomas in 2017
Abby Meyers

2007–08 season[edit]

Record
Overall ACC
30–3 13–1
Poll positions
AP[1] Coaches[2]
4 4
As of March 12, 2009

Head coach Brenda Frese announced during the pre-season that she was pregnant. Because of this, she was unable to coach from the sidelines for most of the regular season. Newcomer assistant coach Daron Park would take on the role of acting head coach. With the coaching changes, the Terps improved to a 30–3 record, and ranked 5 and 6 in the AP and Coaches polls respectively. Key returning players include Marissa Coleman, Laura Harper, Crystal Langhorne, and Kristi Toliver, all of whom were on the 2006 NCAA Championship team. With the loss of Shay Doron, whose #22 jersey was honored this season, Frese brought in 5 recruits. Two weeks after giving birth to twin boys, Frese returned to the sidelines during the ACC women's basketball tournament. Maryland eventually lost to Duke in the semifinals.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach: Brenda Frese
Associate Head Coach:
Assistant coach:
Director of Basketball Operations: -

Year by year results[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Dottie McKnight (Independent) (1971–1975)
1971–72 Dottie McKnight 12–2   AIAW Regional Tournament
1972–73 Dottie McKnight 11–3   AIAW Regional Tournament
1973–74 Dottie McKnight 10–6   AIAW Regional Tournament
1974–75 Dottie McKnight 11–6   AIAW Regional Tournament
Dottie McKnight: 44–17  
Chris Weller (Independent, ACC) (1975–2002)
1975–76 Chris Weller 20–4   EAIAW Regional Tournament
1976–77 Chris Weller 17–6   EAIAW Regional Tournament 16
Atlantic Coast Conference
1977–78 Chris Weller 27–4 5–1 2nd AIAW Finals 6
1978–79 Chris Weller 22–7 6–1 1st AIAW Quarterfinals 8
1979–80 Chris Weller 21–9 5–2 T-2nd AIAW Quarterfinals 6
1980–81 Chris Weller 19–9 5–2 3rd AIAW Quarterfinals 8
1981–82 Chris Weller 25–7 6–1 1st NCAA Final Four 3
1982–83 Chris Weller 26–5 10–3 T-2nd NCAA First Round 7
1983–84 Chris Weller 19–10 10–4 2nd NCAA First Round 17
1984–85 Chris Weller 9–18 4–10 T-6th
1985–86 Chris Weller 17–13 6–8 5th NCAA Second Round (Bye)
1986–87 Chris Weller 15–14 6–8 5th
1987–88 Chris Weller 26–6 12–2 T-1st NCAA Elite Eight 8 9
1988–89 Chris Weller 29–3 13–1 1st NCAA Final Four 3 5
1989–90 Chris Weller 19–11 7–7 4th NCAA Second Round (Bye)
1990–91 Chris Weller 17–13 9–5 T-2nd NCAA First Round
1991–92 Chris Weller 25–6 13–3 2nd NCAA Elite Eight 8 8
1992–93 Chris Weller 22–8 11–5 T-2nd NCAA Second Round 18 11
1993–94 Chris Weller 15–13 8–8 4th
1994–95 Chris Weller 11–18 2–14 9th
1995–96 Chris Weller 13–14 7–9 6th
1996–97 Chris Weller 18–10 9–7 T-3rd NCAA First Round
1997–98 Chris Weller 15–13 7–9 6th
1998–99 Chris Weller 6–21 3–13 T-7th
1999–2000 Chris Weller 16–15 5–11 7th WNIT Quarterfinals
2000–01 Chris Weller 17–12 8–8 T-5th NCAA First Round
2001–02 Chris Weller 13–17 4–12 T-8th
Chris Weller: 499–286
Brenda Frese (ACC, Big Ten) (2002–present)
2002–03 Brenda Frese 10–18 4–12 8th
2003–04 Brenda Frese 18–13 8–8 T-3rd NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Brenda Frese 22–10 7–7 6th NCAA Second Round 24
2005–06 Brenda Frese 34–4 12–2 T-2nd NCAA Champions 1 3
2006–07 Brenda Frese 28–6 10–4 T-3rd NCAA Second Round 14 6
2007–08 Brenda Frese 33–4 13–1 2nd NCAA Elite Eight 7 5
2008–09 Brenda Frese 31–5 12–2 T-1st NCAA Elite Eight 5 3
2009–10 Brenda Frese 21–13 5–9 9th WNIT Sweet Sixteen
2010–11 Brenda Frese 24–8 9–5 T-4th NCAA Second Round 23 16
2011–12 Brenda Frese 31–5 12–4 T-3rd NCAA Elite Eight 5 5
2012–13 Brenda Frese 26–8 14–4 T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 10 12
2013–14 Brenda Frese 28–7 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Final Four 11 9
Big Ten Conference
2014–15 Brenda Frese 34–3 18–0 1st NCAA Final Four 4 4
2015–16 Brenda Frese 31–4 16–2 1st NCAA Second Round 5 5
2016–17 Brenda Frese 32–3 15–1 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen 4 3
2017–18 Brenda Frese 26–8 12–4 2nd NCAA Second round 16 18
2018–19 Brenda Frese 29–5 15–3 1st NCAA Second round 9 9
2019–20 Brenda Frese 28–4 16–2 T-1st NCAA Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 4 5
2020–21 Brenda Frese 26–3 17–1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen 7 8
2021–22 Brenda Frese 23-9 13-4 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen 11 11
2022–23 Brenda Frese 28-7 15-3 T–2nd NCAA Elite Eight 14 13
2023–24 Brenda Frese 1-1 - 11 14
Brenda Frese: 538–145
Total: 1081–448

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1982 #2 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#7 Stanford
#3 Missouri
#4 Drake
#2 Cheyney
W 82–48
W 80–68
W 89–78
L 66−76
1983 #3 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Central Michigan
#2 Old Dominion
W 94–71
L 57−74
1984 #6 First Round #3 Cheyney L 64−92
1986 #6 Second Round #3 Ohio State L 71−87
1988 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 St. Joseph's
#3 Ohio State
#1 Auburn
W 78–67
W 81–66
L 74−103
1989 #1 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#9 Bowling Green
#4 Stephen F. Austin
#2 Texas
#1 Tennessee
W 78–65
W 89–54
W 79–71
L 65−77
1990 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Appalachian State
#3 Providence
W 100–71
L 75−77
1991 #6 First Round #11 Holy Cross L 74−81
1992 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#10 Toledo
#3 Purdue
#1 Western Kentucky
W 73–60
W 64–58
L 70−75
1993 #2 Second Round #7 SW Missouri State L 82−86
1997 #9 First Round #8 Purdue L 48−74
2001 #8 First Round #9 Colorado State L 69−83
2004 #12 First Round
Second Round
#5 Miami (FL)
#4 LSU
W 86–85
L 61−76
2005 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 UW–Green Bay
#2 Ohio State
W 65–55
L 65−75
2006 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Title Game
#15 Sacred Heart
#7 St. John's
#3 Baylor
#5 Utah
#1 North Carolina
#1 Duke
W 95–54
W 81–74
W 82–63
W 85−75 (OT)
W 81–70
W 78–75 (OT)
2007 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Harvard
#7 Ole Miss
W 89–65
L 78−89
2008 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Coppin State
#8 Nebraska
#4 Vanderbilt
#2 Stanford
W 80–66
W 76–64
W 80–66
L 87−98
2009 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Dartmouth
#9 Utah
#4 Vanderbilt
#3 Louisville
W 82–53
W 71–56
W 78–74
L 60−77
2011 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 St. Francis (PA)
#5 Georgetown
W 70–48
L 57−79
2012 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Navy
#7 Louisville
#3 Texas A&M
#1 Notre Dame
W 59–44
W 72–68
W 81–74
L 49−80
2013 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Quinnipiac
#5 Michigan State
#1 Connecticut
W 72–52
W 74−49
L 50–76
2014 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#13 Army
#5 Texas
#1 Tennessee
#3 Louisville
#1 Notre Dame
W 90–52
W 69−64
W 73–62
W 76–73
L 61–87
2015 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 New Mexico State
#8 Princeton
#4 Duke
#2 Tennessee
#1 Connecticut
W 75–57
W 85−70
W 65–55
W 58–48
L 58–81
2016 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Iona
#7 Washington
W 74–58
L 65−74
2017 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Bucknell
#6 West Virginia
#10 Oregon
W 103–61
W 83−56
L 63–77
2018 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Princeton
#4 NC State
W 77–57
L 60−74
2019 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 Radford
#6 UCLA
W 73–51
L 80−85
2021 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Mount St. Mary's
#7 Alabama
#6 Texas
W 98–45
W 100−64
L 61−64
2022 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Delaware
#12 Florida Gulf Coast
#1 Stanford
W 102–71
W 89−65
L 66−72
2023 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Holy Cross
#7 Arizona
#3 Notre Dame
#1 South Carolina
W 93–61
W 77−64
W 76−59
L 75−86

AIAW Division I[edit]

The Terrapins made four appearances in the AIAW National Division I basketball tournament, with a combined record of 13–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1978 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Tennessee
Southern Connecticut State
Wayland Baptist
UCLA
W, 75–69
W, 93–53
W, 90–85
L, 74–90
1979 First Round
Quarterfinals
Valdosta State
Old Dominion
W, 73–66
L, 51–69
1980 First Round
Quarterfinals
Texas
Tennessee
W, 68–63
L, 76–93
1981 First Round
Quarterfinals
Kentucky
Tennessee
W, 83–82
L, 67–79

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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