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Frese on verge of 500th win, becoming top Terp

Terrapins women's basketball coach can become winningest coach in program history on Sunday
Brenda Frese
Posted at 6:19 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 19:40:57-05

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Brenda Frese is on the verge of a milestone. She is on the verge of history.

"It’s incredibly special," she said.

With the Terrapins’ next victory, the University of Maryland head women’s basketball coach will win her 500th game with the Terps and become the winningest coach in program history.

"When I first came here to Maryland it wasn’t anything that I could ever envision happening," she said. "It just seemed so far away."

In Frese’s 19th season in College Park it’s upon us.

She is currently tied with Hall of Fame Maryland coach Chris Weller at 499 wins.

"The thing I’m most proud of is just the consistency factor over the years," said Frese.

She has led the Terps to 12 conference titles, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, six Sweet Sixteens, six Elite Eights, three Final Fours and the 2006 National Championship. Her first chance at win No. 500 comes Sunday at Nebraska (9-7, 7-6).

"I know it won’t feel any differently once the ball is tipped and you’re ready to coach the game. You’re trying to, obviously, win. Excited to get out and play again."

Maryland (13-2, 9-1) hasn’t played since a win over Wisconsin on February 4.

The Terps head into the ranked 9th in the country. Tip-off on Valentine’s Day is at 5:00 p.m.

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