Maryland easily dispatched of Detroit earlier today, six players scored in double-figures for the Terps as Coach Brenda Frese won her 400th career collegiate contest. Several players had good performances, but a couple really stood out to me. Maryland is headed to the Paradise Jam next week and they should start playing tougher opponents with more size. Still, there were plenty of things to take away from their three game home stand to start the season and here’s what I took from today’s contest.
Kiah. The freshman took her time to get into the game, letting the game come to her. Once it did, she took advantage of it. Gillespie scored 11 straight points to close the first quarter and the first two points of the second quarter. In that flurry, Kiah hit two triples and got an old fashioned three-point play. Later in the game, midway through the third to be exact, she went off again. In a small-ball lineup where she was playing center, Gillespie showed off her diverse offensive talents, hitting three’s, floaters in the lane and scoring on the block. A great display of offense from the youngster, now to see if it continues against better talent (it should).
Brene Moseley. Her poise is definitely needed against zone defenses, seems to calm team down and organize them well. She also has very good vision, back-to-back games with a double-double now and she’s coming off the bench. Her 13 points and 10 assists were complimented nicely by her five rebounds and steal. While she’ll probably remain the backup, it just speaks volumes to the depth the Terps have and gives a distinct advantage at that position against opponents and their second teams.
SWK: She didn’t have to do as much today as far as putting the ball in the basket, but she showed off her other skills. SWK tallied five assists on the day and several other hockey assists. She also pulled down a team high nine rebounds, it was great to see her lead the team outside of just scoring. A true leader and she filled that role today.
: Kiah, A’Lexus Harrison, Chloe Pavlech, Kristen Confroy, Kiara Leslie were part of a small-ball line up from three minutes in the third period. The combo of Gillespie and Harrison allowed Maryland to literally switch every and all screens, allowing them to suffocate Detroit’s offense and get out and run. On the offensive end, it was just unfair. Kiah was able to stretch out to the three point line and hit a few, softening up the defense to make it more vulnerable to penetration. Leslie took full advantage of that and attacked at well, the ball movement and spacing led to several wide open shots. Looking forward to seeing more variations of small-ball from the Terps as they have the pieces necessary to do so.
400 for Frese. She’s done a magnificent job at Maryland and I look forward to see what she can do not only with this team, but the next few years while Gillespie is on campus. During a great video montage to congratulate Coach, it was clear that her impact is much larger than basketball as her former players and staff shared their joy for her accomplishment. The program certainly embodies their coach’s personality and it’s clear as they play, she made a powerful statement at the end of the presser today regarding her team’s defensive prowess. Making it clear that she enjoys the offensive capabilities, but they will become a very good defensive team when it’s all said and done.