Frese makes all right moves

With charisma, drive, coach has UM women among nation's elite

Ncaa Tournament

March 24, 2006|By MIKE KLINGAMAN AND EDWARD LEE | MIKE KLINGAMAN AND EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTERS

At Maryland, Frese is making all the right moves Brenda Frese was dying to scream, stomp or pound her fist on the floor. Anything to fire up her basketball team as third-ranked Maryland muddled through its second-round game against St. John's in the NCAA women's tournament Tuesday night.

There were the Terps, forcing silly turnovers and allowing easy layups - in short, playing like their male counterparts this season.

But Frese, the Maryland coach, didn't lose her cool. There were no tirades, no getting in the players' faces, no outward expressions of frustration. Not this time, anyway. On this night in University Park, Pa., as the Terps appeared upset-bound, Frese sensed that her team needed something else from her.

Maryland women vs. Baylor NCAA tournament regional semifinals, Albuquerque, N.M., tomorrow, 9 p.m., ESPN

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