Terps women looking for point guard after losing Moseley

The regular season hasn't even started for Maryland's women's basketball team, but its players have already begun to live this year's new motto — all in to W.I.N. Especially after the projected starter at point guard, sophomore Brene Moseley, tore an ACL during a preseason scrimmage.

"W.I.N. stands for what's important now," Coach Brenda Frese said Monday. "All in to W.I.N. really for us was a theme and a motto we felt for our team this season was to really focus on the day in and day out in terms of activities. If you focus on the little things, the winning will take care of itself."

Frese said she and the coaches will explore their options at point guard, but said someone needs to step up to fill the void.

"Obviously, [Brene] was someone we were considering for the point guard position," Frese said. "Obviously, it impacts us from a depth end, but you know again, like every team does and this team will do …it'll be point guard by committee."

One player Frese said could take over at point guard for Moseley is junior Laurin Mincy, who along with teammates Tianna Hawkins and Thomas, was voted to the preseason All-ACC Team.

Last season, the 6-foot shooting guard started 35 of Maryland's 36 games, scored double digits in 26 of those games, and was named to the All-ACC Honorable Mention team.

"[Laurin's] going to really play a versatile role for us this year," Frese said. "It's been really exciting for us as a coaching staff to see her length and how she's handling the basketball for our team, and just her versatility to play multiple positions."

Mincy, along with Moseley, attended a point guard camp over the summer, and learned leadership, how to communicate with their teammates, how to facilitate the offense and how to interact with their coach. Freshman Chloe Pavlech, who was the No. 23 point guard in ESPN.com's Hoop Gurlz rankings, could also see action.

The reigning Atlantic Costal Conference champs, who went 31-5 en route to an Elite 8 appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season and are anked fifth in some polls this season, don't believe the injury will stop the team from accomplishing its goals, however.

Frese said this team has tremendous chemistry, which she hasn't seen since the 2006 squad that won the NCAA Championship.

Team members said they do everything together, including cooking, shopping and going to the movies. Alyssa Thomas, the All-ACC Player of the Year as a sophomore, said she believes that's why they play so well together on the court.

"I feel like our closeness and how hard we work for each other [is our strength as a team]," Thomas said. "No matter what the situation or what type of game it is, we're out there playing for each other.

"We really are like a family. … When we're out on the court we're fighting for each other, you know, if someone is coming at them in a way, I'm making sure I have their back."

In addition to the Terps' chemistry, the team will have four of its five starters from last season, along with the nation's fifth-ranked freshman class.

The Terps lost three players from last year's team in seniors Lynetta Kizer, Kim Rodgers and Anjale Barrett, and gained three in freshmen Malina Howard, the top-ranked post player in the 2012 recruiting class, Tierney Pfirman and Pavlech. Three-point specialist Katie Rutan, who transferred from Xavier and had to sit out last year, is also eligible.

What's important now for the Terps, Frese said, isn't dwelling on the tough loss of a teammate, being ranked behind Duke in the ACC polls or the difficult first half of the season.

"For us, the challenge is to continue to set that bar even higher to separate ourselves being out there," Frese said. "I think the biggest compliment I can give to this team from a year ago is that they're not satisfied."

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