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Terps coach expects big things in 2005-06

July 22, 2005|by LARRY YANOS

larryy@herald-mail.com

Coaching on the college basketball level has become a year-round job, but University of Maryland women's mentor Brenda Frese took some time off Tuesday for a round of golf.

The energetic Frese attended the Cumberland Valley Terrapin Club-sponsored golf outing and crab feed at the Beaver Creek Country Club in Hagerstown.

Before teeing off, Frese discussed her favorite subject: Maryland's women's basketball program.

With four starters returning, the optimistic Frese said she expects Maryland to be competitive not only in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but also on the national level.

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"Recruiting went tremendously well," Frese said. "We received two verbal commitments and they will definitely strengthen our program. The goal is to secure depth and stay healthy."

Shay Doron and Crystal Langhorne will anchor the 2005-06 squad, but Frese is pleased with the remaining group of players.

Doron was an All-ACC first-team selection last season, averaging 19 points per game as a sophomore. Langhorne was the ACC Freshman of the Year and an All-ACC second-team pick, averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds.

"We'll likely have two juniors and two sophomores in the starting lineup this year," Frese said.

Never one to back away from a challenge, Frese has assembled a difficult schedule for next season.

"In addition to the always tough ACC, we're going to a tournament in the Virgin Islands and we'll be facing Tennessee, Michigan State and Gonzaga," Frese said. "Tennessee and Michigan State were in the Final Four last year."

Maryland also has top 20 teams Arizona and Xavier on the 2005-06 schedule.

Frese said she likes the direction of the Maryland women's basketball program.

"We are drawing more fans, we have the two largest home crowds in the history of ACC women's basketball and getting into the NCAA Tournament last year really provided us with much-needed national exposure," Frese said. "I feel we have a good program."

Frese had successful coaching stays at Ball State and Minnesota before taking the Maryland job.

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