Maryland Terrapins women's basketball
|University||University of Maryland|
|Head coach||Brenda Frese (16th season)|
|Location||College Park, Maryland|
Xfinity Center |
Red, White, Black, and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1982, 1989, 2006, 2014, 2015|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1982, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1982, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017|
|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|
|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|
|AIAW Tournament runner-up|
|AIAW Tournament Final Four|
|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|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1979, 1982, 1988, 1989, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017|
The Maryland Terrapins women's basketball 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 Women's Division I 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, and 2017.
Since 2002, the team has been led by head coach Brenda Frese. Over her 16 season tenure, she has led the Terrapins to 13 NCAA tournament appearances,8 NCAA Sweet Sixteens, 6 NCAA Elite Eight, 3 NCAA Final Fours, and the 2006 NCAA National Championship.
Women's basketball was first organized to play on campus in 1923. The early teams participated solely in intracollegiate competition, with classes or sororities competing against each other for a trophy. The team was officially recognized as a varsity sport in 1971, and was led by coach Dottie McKnight during its first four seasons. The Terps were successful from the start, winning their first state championship in the 1972–73 season. They went on to win ten ACC championships and one NCAA title.
On January 26, 1975, the Lady Terrapins 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, while others report 85–63.
The team has been led by three head coaches: Dottie McKnight (1971–1975), Chris Weller (1975–2002), and Brenda Frese (2002–present). 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). 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. When she retired, Weller left with a 499–286 record (.636). At the end of the 2016-17 season, current coach Brenda Frese has a record of 403–111 (.78.4). 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.
- Vicky Bullett, Olympian in 1988 and 1992; played in Italy for Bari (1990–93) and Cesena (1993–97), in Brazil for the Data Control/Fluminense professional team, and for the WNBA's Charlotte Sting (1997–1999) and Washington Mystics (2000–02)
- Sonia Chase, played for the WNBA's Charlotte Sting (1998–99)
- Marissa Coleman, played for the WNBA's Washington Mystics (2009–11), Los Angeles Sparks (2012–2013) and Indiana Fever (2014–present)
- Katrina Colleton, played for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks (1997–1998) and Miami SOL (2000–2001)
- Shay Doron, played for the WNBA's New York Liberty (2007–2008), the Romanian League's Municipal MCM Târgovişte (2010), and the Israeli leagues' Elitzur Ramla (2007–08, 2010–present)
- Kelley Gibson, played for the WNBA's Houston Comets (2000–03)
- Lea Hakala, Olympian in 1984 (Finnish team)
- Laura Harper, played for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs (2008–09)
- Tianna Hawkins, played for the WNBA's Seattle Storm (2013) and Washington Mystics (2014–present)
- Tara Heiss, Olympian in 1980
- Jesse Hicks, played for the WNBA's Utah Starzz (1997–98), Orlando Miracle (2000–02), Connecticut Sun (2003), and San Antonio Silver Stars (2004)
- Kris Kirchner, Olympian in 1980
- Crystal Langhorne, played for the WNBA's Washington Mystics (2008–2013) and Seattle Storm 2014–present
- Limor Mizrachi, played for the ABL's New England Blizzard (1998)
- Jasmina Perazić, Olympian in 1984 (Yugoslavian team); played for the WNBA's New York Liberty (1997)
- Deanna Tate, played for the ABL's New England Blizzard (1997–1998) and the Chicago Condors (1998)
- Alyssa Thomas, played for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun (2014–present)
- Kristi Toliver, played for the WNBA's Chicago Sky (2009), Los Angeles Sparks (2010–2016) and Washington Mystics (2017-present)
|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 experienced Lady Terrapins 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.
|2017–18 Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team|
|Head Coach:||Brenda Frese|
|Associate Head Coach:||Shay Robinson|
|Assistant Coach:||Bett Shelby|
|Assistant Coach:||Terry Nooner|
|Director of Basketball Operations:||Libby Ellis|
Year by year results
Conference tournament winners noted with # Source 
|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|
|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|
|1985–86||Chris Weller||17–13||6–8||5th#||NCAA Second Round (Bye)|
|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|
|1996–97||Chris Weller||18–10||9–7||T-3rd||NCAA First Round|
|1999–2000||Chris Weller||16–15||5–11||7th||WNIT Quarterfinals|
|2000–01||Chris Weller||17–12||8–8||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|Brenda Frese (ACC, Big Ten) (2002–present)|
|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||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||4||3|
|2017–18||Brenda Frese||26–8||12–4||2nd||NCAA Second round||16||18|
Postseason invitational champion
- University of Maryland, College Park
- Maryland Terrapins
- Big Ten Conference
- Xfinity Center
- Cole Field House
- 2006 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
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