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https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2019-04-24/big-ten-hasnt-won-womens-basketball-championship-1999-who


A team from the Big Ten has not won the NCAA women’s basketball championship since 1999, when a Purdue team led by Ukari Figgs won the whole the thing.

Since then, the Big East, the Big 12, the ACC, the SEC and the American have all had teams take home the national title. A Big Ten team hasn’t appeared in the national final since 2005, when Michigan State fell to Baylor.
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While Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Indiana have opportunities to improve next season, there’s really one Big Ten team whose chances of making the Final Four stand out among the rest.

That team is based in College Park, Maryland.
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Still, Brenda Frese’s team is built to accomplish big things next year. Maryland’s top five scorers are all back, anchored by a trio of rising seniors in Charles, Jones and Watson. Charles is a near-lock to be a preseason All-American, Jones is a veteran in the post and an efficient scorer and Watson can do a little bit of everything, in addition to being a solid three-point shooter.
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Maryland should also get a boost from another strong incoming recruiting class, which is headlined by Ashley Owusu, who is pegged by ESPN as the fifth best player in the nation and the overall top point guard. The Terps are also set to get five-star guards Diamond Miller, Zoe Young and Faith Masonius, all ranked inside the top 50 recruits in the nation by ESPN.
 

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https://www.testudotimes.com/maryland-terps-womens-basketball/2019/5/20/18633209/mimi-collins-transfer-forward-tennessee-paul-vi-brenda-frese

Mimi Collins announces she will become a Terp.

Former Tennessee forward Amira “Mimi” Collins announced her intention to transfer to the Maryland women’s basketball program on Monday.

Collins is a native of Waldorf, Maryland, and played her high school basketball at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia. As part of the Class of 2018, she was ranked as the No. 49 overall recruit by ESPN.

As a freshman for Tennessee, Collins averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while averaging 14.5 minutes of action each game. Arguably, her best performance came in the NCAA Tournament, as she played 32 minutes and scored 14 points against UCLA in the first round, which was played in College Park.

After the departure of Sarah Myers, a scholarship became open for Benda Frese and her staff, which led to the recruitment of Collins. She will be joining former high school teammate Ashley Owusu, the nation’s top-ranked point guard recruit of 2019, and the rest of a No. 1 recruiting class in College Park.

New NCAA transfer regulations have made immediate eligibility more common for players with extenuating circumstances, such as the head coach that you agreed to play for getting fired. It is unclear if Collins will seek a waiver for immediate eligibility, but she will have three years of play left regardless as she could redshirt the 2019-2020 season.
 

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Uff da.

Not to mention Taylor Mikesell.

Jones will no doubt be a much improved post. Will she be as good as big sis Brionna, who now plays with Rach, and (we hear) ripped it up in winning the EuroCup.
 
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https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bs-sp-maryland-basketball-ncaa-rules-violations-0618-story.html

Maryland women's basketball facing some sanctions for minor NCAA rules violations.

According to the NCAA, Maryland women’s coach Brenda Frese acknowledged she and her staff had given 17 prospects recruiting booklets with personalized covers during their unofficial visits. Frese told the NCAA she did not understand the rules about what could be shared with prospects during visits. Also, an assistant coach sent 150 personalized items to prospects, which is against NCAA rules.

The athletic department cut the number of women’s basketball scholarships by one per season for three years, beginning in 2018-19. The women’s team also lost three official recruiting visits per year during that time period. The team was prohibited from sending out recruiting material for one week each month last season.

The loss of the scholarship should have little impact on the women’s team. Frese’s team has 13 players on scholarship for the 2019-20 season — two under the NCAA limit — and has four seniors who are expected to graduate after next season with no commitments from prospects in the 2020 freshman class.

The NCAA also imposed a one-year probation for both teams and a $5,000 fine for the school. The probation does not include any type of postseason ban for either team.
The (more than you'd probably want) details:

https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/infractions/decisions/Jun2019INF_UnivMarylandNRAgreement.pdf
 

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https://www.testudotimes.com/maryland-terps-womens-basketball/2019/6/25/18744054/state-of-the-program-kaila-charles-brenda-frese-roster-stats-season-preview

A Maryland, early summer, season preview:

When Maryland saw its season end at home on March 25 against the Bruins, there was some cause for concern. It was the program’s third second-round exit in four years, most of which have been tournament upsets. However, the focus immediately switched to the future, which is incredibly bright for the Terrapins.

The only players gone from last season are Brianna Fraser (graduated) and Sarah Myers (transferred). The former was a top reserve who spent a good amount of time on the shelf with an ankle injury, and the latter was the ninth option on a 10-player team. Everyone else returns — Maryland brings back 90 percent of its scoring.
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Kaila Charles, the team’s MVP and one of the best players in the country, is back. She averaged 17 points per game as a junior and single-handedly stole a game from Minnesota with a clutch performance down the stretch. Seniors Stephanie Jones and Blair Watson, two veterans who stepped up time and time again when needed, are back as well.

And the young stars are returning in full force. Taylor Mikesell and Shakira Austin were both in consideration for Big Ten Freshman of the Year (with Mikesell winning the media award), and together, they were one of the best freshman duos the program has ever seen. With another year under their belts and a full offseason of training with the team’s staff, they hope to take the next step as sophomores.

The Terps also bring in the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPNw, headlined by Ashley Owusu, the nation’s No. 2 point guard and a prime candidate to run the offense right away. The class also includes three top-50 wings — Diamond Miller, Zoe Young and Faith Masonius — who can be impact role players immediately.

Rounding out the returning players are sophomore center Olivia Owens, senior sharpshooting wing Sara Vujacic and junior point guard Channise Lewis. After consecutive years of having a thin roster, Frese now has 12 talented options at her disposal.
 

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https://umterps.com/news/2019/7/22/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-releases-non-conference-slate.aspx

Maryland's non-con schedule with last season's NCAA final RPI for each team:

318 Wagner
265 Loyola Maryland
219 George Washington
145 @Georgia State
142 Delaware
49 (N) Belmont
45 (N) Clemson
44 Quinnipiac
37 @ James Madison
17 South Carolina
9 @ NC State
Two teams with LY RPI in top 20, 6 non-conf foes with LY RPI in top 50 - now that’s the kind of non-conf schedule one should strive for.

That plus all the Terps talent, they’re sitting pretty.

Hope Gophers can line up a similarly reasonable non-conf sched.
 

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Two teams with LY RPI in top 20, 6 non-conf foes with LY RPI in top 50 - now that’s the kind of non-conf schedule one should strive for.

That plus all the Terps talent, they’re sitting pretty.

Hope Gophers can line up a similarly reasonable non-conf sched.
The other brilliant thing about that schedule is low-RPI teams such as Belmont, Clemson, Quinnipiac and James Madison that seem like they'll be easy wins. (Sorta like that year Lamar was the RPI gift that keeps on giving.)
 

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https://highposthoops.com/2019/10/17/maryland-guard-zoe-young-to-miss-freshman-season-with-torn-acl/
Maryland freshman guard Zoe Young ⁠— the #32 overall prospect and eighth-ranked guard in her class ⁠— will miss the entire 2019-20 season with a torn ACL. According to the Baltimore Sun, the injury occurred during a non-contact drill earlier in October.

Young, a 5’10 shooting guard, averaged 24.3 points per game during her senior season at West Des Moines Valley High School and was named the USA Today Iowa Player of the Year.
 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/17/maryland-womens-basketball-team-freshmen-wont-have-wait-contribute/

Maryland media day:

The court at Xfinity Center was full of familiar faces Thursday morning when the Maryland women’s basketball team held its annual media day. Senior Kaila Charles was there, recovered from the foot injury she had at the end of last season, as were classmates Blair Watson and Stephanie Jones.

Almost all of last year’s Terps were present because 18th-year head coach Brenda Frese’s team lost just two players last season when forward Brianna Fraser graduated and reserve guard Sarah Myers transferred after graduating early. But what had Frese and many of her veteran players buzzing wasn’t just that Maryland, ranked fifth in the preseason, is returning all five of its starters. The Terps welcomed five promising new players this year that caused just as much excitement.

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Frese expects the other three [freshmen] to contribute plenty.

The group’s centerpiece is 6-foot guard Ashley Owusu, whose quiet demeanor belies an impressive assemblage of accolades: ESPN ranked Owusu as the top point guard in the nation coming out of Paul VI in Fairfax. She’s a McDonald’s all-American, a Gatorade player of the year for Virginia and an All-Met selection.

Owusu joins fellow McDonald’s all-American and Gatorade player of the year from New Jersey, Diamond Miller, a speedy 6-foot-3 guard who also was ranked as one of the top 10 guards in her class. Faith Masonius, a versatile, 6-1 forward from New Jersey and the No. 49 player overall in the country last year, rounds out the group.

“I hope to bring a winning mentality and energy every day,” Owusu said.

Frese said Owusu looks to be the most experienced of the freshmen in practice, and Maryland could use a steady point guard. Junior Channise Lewis started 13 games at point guard last year, splitting time with sophomore Taylor Mikesell.
 

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Three Maryland bloggers do a podcast.

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4-guard starting lineup for the Terps. Austin coming off the bench is a testimony to the immense talent Maryland has. It's amazing to think that the Gophers blew a game against Maryland last year in Maryland. I recall that the Gophers were ahead by maybe 5 with less than a minute remaining.
 

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4-guard starting lineup for the Terps. Austin coming off the bench is a testimony to the immense talent Maryland has. It's amazing to think that the Gophers blew a game against Maryland last year in Maryland. I recall that the Gophers were ahead by maybe 5 with less than a minute remaining.
I watched a decent amount of their game this morning, Maryland is crazy talented. Owusu is a superstar.
 
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