College Park, MD- Brenda Frese picked up her 400th win in convincing fashion on Friday afternoon. No. 8 Maryland (3-0 overall) defeated Detroit (0-3 overall), 97-41 at the Xfinity Center.
“When I think about 400 wins, it’s not about the wins… its about the people, the relationships,” Frese said.
Maryland athletics honored Frese after the game with a video montage on the jumbrotron of former players, assistants and family congratulating her on the feat.
“The video really caught me by surprise, when you make it to be my age it’s really emotional, just knowing how much hard work went on behind the scenes,” Frese said.
Frese could enjoy the milestone after her team put on a clinic both offensively and defensively.
Maryland shot 55 percent from the field and held Detroit to just 27 percent shooting and 16 made field goals.
Freshman forward Kiah Gillespie sealed the victory early, scoring 11 consecutive points between the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter to give Maryland a 27-10 lead.
Gillespie finished with a game high 18 points. Her versatility has made the Terps a more potent offense according to her teammates.
“Whether it’s her posting up down low or her calling for the trail 3, I mean that opens up our offense so much,” Maryland junior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough said of Gillespie. “It’s a blessing to have.”
The scoring was balanced for the Terps, who had ten different players score against the Titans and six players score at least ten points.
Maryland’s bench outscored Detroit’s bench, 45-2.
“We have so much talent on this roster, you talk about being able to bring weapons off the bench with size and versatility,” Frese said. “That’s important for us to have.”
Maryland will travel to the Virgin Islands to take on Old Dominion, South Dakota State and Pittsburgh at the Paradise Jam.
“I feel like we’re clicking on the offensive end, we have some really dynamic players, the other side of the floor concerns me we have to make big strides before we go out to the Virgin Islands,” Frese said.
Side note: It was camp day. The kids were loud.
“I had a lot of fun, its really cool seeing the kids dance and being so into the game,” Chloe Pavlech said. “One of the plays I told the ref I cant hear myself think, I don’t know if they can hear me calling the plays.”