The No. 9 Terrapins had plenty to celebrate following their 81-63 win over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Yes they won, yes they beat a tough Nebraska team on the road, but the victory marked the 500th win of head coach Brenda Frese’s head coaching career. And there was plenty of silly string in house for the occasion.
5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ wins means…
Unleash the silly string on @BrendaFrese!!#Frese500 pic.twitter.com/hlFpYxHSmE
— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) January 9, 2019
Maryland advances to 14-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Big Ten. They were led by Kaila Charles offensively who finished with 19 points and was pivotal in an early second half run to essentially put the game away.
I haven’t made a basket, I haven’t gotten a stop of defense, it comes down to just the tremendous players and tremendous staff members that we’ve been able to put together consistently over time,” said Frese in the post-game press conference. “That’s what that number speaks of. The people that have come together for a single purpose, and that’s winning.”
Humble words for someone who just simply knows how to win.
Frese began her coaching career in 1999 when she took over the Ball State program following seven years as a collegiate assistant. Following a two year stint in Muncie, Frese was named the head coach of Minnesota in 2001. She was able to quickly turn the Gophers around from an 8-20 season prior to her arrival, to a 22-8 season and NCAA second round tournament appearance. At the conclusion of the season, Frese was named the AP National Coach of the Year in 2002. She was named the head coach of the Maryland program not long after.
During her 17 years at Maryland, Frese as compiled a 443-120 record, a National Championship and three Final Fours. She currently holds an overall record of 500-150 as a head coach.
To get more of Frese’s thoughts on her coaching career, check her out here.
After earning her 500th career win, @BrendaFrese reflects on her coaching journey and the advice her father gave her early on in her career.
Frese is 500-150 overall, spending the last 17 seasons with @umdwbb. pic.twitter.com/Wxlm0FSrhZ
— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) January 9, 2019