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Maryland’s Brenda Frese named Big Ten women’s basketball Coach of the Year

Maryland’s Brenda Frese was named Big Ten women’s basketball Coach of the Year on Monday by both her peers and the league’s media panel.

Frese led the No. 7 Terps (21-2, 17-1 Big Ten) to the Big Ten regular-season title for the sixth time in seven seasons. Last month, she surpassed Chris Weller to become the school’s all-time winningest coach with her 500th career victory at Maryland.

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This is Frese’s fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, having previously won in 2002, 2015 and 2019. She was also named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2013, Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and Associated Press National Coach of the Year in 2002.

The Terps, the top seed in the Big Ten tournament that begins this week in Indianapolis, have the top scoring offense in the nation at 91.3 points per game. According to FiveThirtyEight, Maryland has the most efficient offense in the nation per 100 possessions at 121.8 points, a figure that ranks fifth since HerHoopStats began tracking the stat in 2015-16.

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Maryland has won 10 straight games and is 109-13 (.893) in league play since joining the Big Ten in 2014. The Terps will face the Minnesota-Nebraska winner in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 11 a.m.

The Terps also had several players honored by the conference Monday. Sophomore guards Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller were named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, while senior Katie Benzan, a transfer from Harvard, was named to the second team. Senior forward Chloe Bibby, a transfer from Mississippi State and redshirt sophomore forward Mimi Collins, a transfer from Tennessee, received honorable mention.

Owusu, last season’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was a unanimous selection after leading the team with 18.7 points and 5.8 assists per game. Miller doubled her scoring and rebounding to 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

St. Frances graduate Angel Reese, the former No. 2 recruit in the country, was named to the All-Freshman Team by the media. Reese missed 14 games because of a foot injury in December, but is averaging 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in nine games.

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Redshirt junior Channise Lewis earned a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s Naz Hillmon was named Big Ten Player of the Year, Northwestern’s Veronica Burton was named Defensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Maddie Burke was named Sixth Player of the Year and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark was named Freshman of the Year.

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