No. 8 Maryland Set for Matchup at No. 6 Iowa on ESPN

No. 8 Maryland Set for Matchup at No. 6 Iowa on ESPN

Story Links #8 Maryland to #6 Iowa
February 2, 2023
8:30 p.m. ET
Carver Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
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COLLEGE PARK, MD — The eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team (18-4, 9-2 B1G) will face No. 6 Iowa (17-4, 9-1) Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The Terps-Hawkeyes game will be televised on ESPN.

Thursday’s game is the first of the Terrapins’ back-to-back matchups with the top 10 opponents. The Terps will host No. 10 Ohio State (19-3, 8-3) Sunday at 4 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. Sunday’s game is Maryland’s annual Play4Kay pink game in support of breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer survivors can click HERE to participate in special recognition. Sunday’s game is also Faith Masonius’ bobblehead night. Fans can get a door scratch and 350 fans will win. For tickets to Sunday’s game, click here.

STORIES 2022-23

What’s new

Maryland defeated Penn State, 87-66, Monday at College Park. Abby Meyers led the Terps with a season-high 24 points, while Shyanne Sellers scored 15. Diamond Miller added 14 points. Brenda Frese and the Terps are 26-2 in February over the past 5 seasons. Frese and the Terrapins are 32-1 at home at XFINITY Center in the month of February since 2014. Diamond Miller is one of the top 25 players in the nation named to the Wooden Award midseason watch list. She was also named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Mid-Season Final 10 list. Shyanne Sellers has been named to the Cheryl Miller Award Final 10 list for the nation’s top small forward. The Terrapins have the second toughest schedule in the country this season, according to Massey Ratings. The Terrapins are 4-2 against ranked teams this season with two wins over the top 10 teams. Maryland currently has four 1,000-point scorers (Miller – 1,426; Meyers – 1,250; Briggs – 1,106; Alexander – 1,038) and one player close to the mark – Elisa Pinzan (996). Maryland women’s basketball is in its 52nd season and holds a record of 1,096-447 (.710). The Terrapins are No. 11 all-time in NCAA Division I history in winning percentage and No. 9 in all-time winnings. Senior Diamond Miller was named to the 10-man preseason All-Big Ten team for the second straight season to start the year. She is a two-time All-Big Ten winner and was co-MOP of the 2021 Big Ten Tournament. Miller was also named to the Mike’s Naismith Jersey Trophy Watch List as one of the top 50 players in the nation. Maryland was chosen to finish fourth in the Big Ten by league head coaches and the media panel. Both groups picked Iowa to win the conference. Coaches picked Ohio State to finish second, Indiana to finish third, and Michigan rounding out the top five. The media panel picked Indiana to finish second, Ohio State third, and Michigan fifth. Two-time National Coach of the Year Brenda Frese brings in nine new players this season, including AP All-American Honorable Mention winner Abby Meyers (Princeton), All-SEC transfer Lavender Briggs (Florida), the All-AAC transfer Elisa Pinzan (USF), SEC graduate transfer Brinae Alexander (Vanderbilt), and All-CAA transfer Allie Kubek (Towson). All five transfers averaged more than 9.0 points per game last year – Meyers (17.9), Alexander (15.2), Briggs (12.5), Kubek (12.2) and Pinzan ( 9.3). Last spring, Frese also recruited two top-55 freshmen in Gia Cooke and Bri McDaniel. Incoming rookie Ava Sciolla and Mila Reynolds signed with Maryland last November, giving the Terrapins a top-10 recruiting class for the 15th time under Frese.

Series history

Monday’s game is the 15th all-time between Maryland and Iowa. The Terps own the series at 10-4 and have won four straight currently. Brenda Frese is 11-3 against Iowa in her career.

Maryland won last year’s meeting, 81-69, in Iowa City on February 14, 2022.

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Head coach Brenda Frese is in her 21st season at College Park. She led the Terrapins to a 553-144 (.793) record, 14 conference titles, 18 NCAA Tournament appearances in 20 playoffs, three Final Fours, six Elite Eights, 10 Sweet Sixteens and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Frese owns a career record of 610-174 (.778) in his 24 years as a head coach. Frese was named National Coach of the Year by the AP, The Athletic and ESPN at the end of the 2020-21 season. Last October, Frese was the first woman inducted into the Washington DC Metro Basketball Hall of Fame. With the Terrapins victory at Nebraska on February 14, 2021, Frese earned victory #500 at Maryland, making her the winningest coach in Maryland basketball history. Hall of Fame women’s basketball head coach Chris Weller won 499 games in her 27 seasons (1975-02).

Maryland in the b1g

The Terps are 192-52 (.787) all-time against their Big Ten opponents. Since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15, the Terrapins are 150-22 (.872) against conference opponents, including their 19-3 record in the Big Ten tournament. In the 21 years under Frese, the Terps are 161-26 (.861) against their Big Ten opponents. Frese is 175-31 (.850) all-time against Big Ten opponents, which includes his time at Minnesota and Ball State. Since joining the league in 2014, Maryland is 69-6 (.920) against Big Ten teams at home.

terps in the polls

Maryland is one of the most consistent winning programs in the country. The Terrapins have been ranked in 243 consecutive Associated Press polls, dating back to the preseason poll in the 2010-11 season. This streak is second only to Connecticut (558 weeks). Maryland has been ranked for 293 weeks over the past 19 seasons, with 216 of those weeks in the AP top 10 and 92 in the AP top 5. Brenda Frese had a ranked team in 345 weeks in her career. She recently passed former Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan for 13th place all-time. Maryland started the season ranked the last 13 consecutive seasons and 18 of head coach Brenda Frese’s 21 seasons at College Park. The Terps have been in the AP Preseason Top 10 11 times under Frese and in the top five six times. Click here for this week’s play notes.

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