The night before practice started, point guard Vicki Brick was so excited that she hardly slept. Imagine how she will be before the Terrapins' first game.
It's been a long time since Maryland so eagerly anticipated a season. With a new coach and new arena, the Terrapins have plenty to be enthused about as the Frese era gets underway.
Brenda Frese becomes just the third women's basketball coach in school history, replacing Chris Weller, who stepped down after 27 years. Entering just her fourth season as a head coach, Frese already has made her mark. Last season, she was named the Associated Press coach of the year after leading Minnesota, which had gone 8-20 the year before she arrived to a 22-8 season.
Her experience at Minnesota should help Frese as she tries to rebuild a Maryland team that must replace its leading rebounder from last season and has no double-figure scorers returning. Because the Terrapins have very little depth or experience, they must rely heavily on the freshmen. Two freshmen who likely will have an impact this season are Charmaine Carr, who led Gwynn Park to its first Maryland state championship last season, and Chrissy Fisher, who finished her high school career as the all-time leading rebounder at Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.).
Frese will count on the two seniors, Terri Daniels and Renneika Razor, and Brick, a junior, to provide veteran leadership and to bring along the younger players. Razor, an all-ACC defensive team selection last season, is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder.
"Realistically for this team our goal is just to get better," Frese said. "We're taking over a program that won 13 games and graduated five seniors, so this team needs to learn how to play together and have confidence and a lot of fun. That's what this season is all about, both developing them as people and players and collectively as a team."
-- Kathy Orton