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By Peter Schmuck | November 9, 2010
Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese is entering her ninth season in College Park, and it might be the most challenging season of her stellar career. The No. 21 Terps will open their season Saturday night against Monmouth with a team so young that it does not include a single senior and a coach who has just been given the ultimate perspective check. Frese and her husband, Mark Thomas, learned just weeks ago that one of their 2-year old twins, Tyler, has leukemia. Tyler has responded well to treatment and the outlook is positive, but Frese suddenly has a great deal more on her mind than she did when the Terps were headed to their first NCAA title in 2006.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
The Maryland women's basketball team's run to the Final Four triggered bonuses topping $100,000 for head coach Brenda Frese. The Terps upset top-seeded Tennessee and recorded three other NCAA tournament victories to advance to their first Final Four since 2006. Frese's bonuses total $100,507, based on her contract terms. According to the contract, Frese was to get “competition bonuses” for reaching the NCAA tournament's first round ($5,000), second round ($10,000), Sweet Sixteen ($15,000)
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By Gene Wang, The Washington Post | February 17, 2014
Feb. 17, 2008, is a day Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese will hold dear for the rest of her life, and it has virtually nothing to do with the Terps ' victory over Duke that afternoon. Sure, it was the last time Maryland won at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but that morning, Frese had given birth to twin sons Markus and Tyler Thomas. Frese's players learned the news hours before tip-off, and they parlayed their enthusiasm into a 76-69 triumph that added to the lore of the heated series dating from 1978.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --This is what Maryland kept desperately hoping to defer - that moment when its memorable, overachieving season would crash to an end, and senior star Alyssa Thomas would walk off the court for the final time in her college career. The Terps made it all the way to the bright lights, pep rallies and glitz of the Final Four before encountering an undefeated Notre Dame team that stunned them with its rebounding in an 87-61 victory, sending the Fighting Irish (37-0) into Tuesday's national championship.
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By Gene Wang and The Washington Post | April 1, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In 2005-06, when the Maryland women's basketball team won the national championship, coach Brenda Frese's top assistant was Jeff Walz, who proved an invaluable resource on the bench, in the locker room and on the recruiting trail. The two routinely discussed strategy, and in those sessions, Frese foresaw a bright future for her coaching disciple wherever his career led him. Two seasons after helping the Terps to their first and only NCAA title, Walz moved on to become head coach at Louisville and in that time has catapulted the Cardinals onto the national stage with two appearances in the championship game.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Maryland women's basketball fans have gotten used to seeing Brenda Frese pace the sideline at Comcast Center over the past 11-plus years, and that won't change anytime soon. Frese, who led the Terps to their lone national title in 2006, has inked a contract extension that will keep her with the program through at least June 2021. The extension was announced by athletic director Kevin Anderson on Friday afternoon, just hours before the No. 8 Terps (2-0) play host to No. 1 UConn (2-0) at 6 p.m. Frese could earn up to four additional years, through June 2025, with rollovers.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
The Maryland women's basketball team's run to the Final Four triggered bonuses topping $100,000 for head coach Brenda Frese. The Terps upset top-seeded Tennessee and recorded three other NCAA tournament victories to advance to their first Final Four since 2006. Frese's bonuses total $100,507, based on her contract terms. According to the contract, Frese was to get “competition bonuses” for reaching the NCAA tournament's first round ($5,000), second round ($10,000), Sweet Sixteen ($15,000)
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
COLLEGE PARK — Brenda Frese will be the first to tell you she sometimes trampled through life, so intent on the goals ahead that she didn't necessarily worry about the bruised feelings left in her wake. If she wanted something, she took it, a brash style she used to transform the Maryland women's basketball program from losers to national champs in a mere four years. She was 35 then and couldn't have imagined she would need eight years to steer the Terps back to the Final Four.
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Sports Digest | March 29, 2014
The funeral for Navy football player Will McKamey will be held Monday in Knoxville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held at the Grace Baptist Church beginning at 9 a.m., with a private burial scheduled for 1 p.m. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo , captains Noah Copeland and Parrish Gaines , athletic director Chet Gladchuk and Naval Academy Commandant Bill Byrne will be among a large contingent flying from Annapolis. McKamey, 19, died Tuesday night after collapsing during a practice last Saturday.
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By Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post | January 28, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - At her most brilliant moments in a Maryland women's basketball uniform, Alyssa Thomas transforms into an overwhelming brute force. Offensive rebounds are vacuumed into her hands. She rips through contact the way high school football players do paper pep signs, and the ensuing putbacks seem to always drop down the net. Second-ranked Notre Dame encountered Thomas the way so many opponents have before, offering little resistance as the All-America forward ripped off 29 points and 12 rebounds and casually broke two more program records along the way. But the eighth-ranked Terps had dug themselves into so deep an early hole that not even a superhuman second half from Thomas could hoist them out. Despite erasing a 22-point deficit, their upset bid at Comcast Center fell short in an 87-83 loss.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Maryland's Final Four trip took on the feel of a family reunion Saturday as former Terps stars Kristi Toliver and Laura Harper arrived at Bridgestone Arena and greeted coach Brenda Frese. Another former Maryland star, Marissa Coleman, also was expected for Sunday's game. “Once I saw Maryland was going to be in Nashville, I was like, 'Got to book it,' “ Toliver said. “Coach B asked me if I wanted to speak to [the team] and I said, 'Of course.' “ Harper, a Loyola Maryland assistant coach, sat courtside and chatted with with Toliver and Frese as Maryland held an open practice at the arena.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
COLLEGE PARK — Brenda Frese will be the first to tell you she sometimes trampled through life, so intent on the goals ahead that she didn't necessarily worry about the bruised feelings left in her wake. If she wanted something, she took it, a brash style she used to transform the Maryland women's basketball program from losers to national champs in a mere four years. She was 35 then and couldn't have imagined she would need eight years to steer the Terps back to the Final Four.
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  Of all the questions Brionna Jones has answered this season, of all the bizarre and banal inquiries - Does she speak? Can she jump? Is she finally ready? - there is one interview her father, Michael, likes best. It was early March, and the freshman was back home at Aberdeen High. A girls basketball playoff game was over, and the host Eagles had lost. A local reporter and cameraman approached Jones. They wanted an interview with the Maryland women's basketball team's starting forward.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - They had been traveling much of the night, but no matter. Hours after returning from a victory that sent them into the Final Four, Maryland's women's basketball players - giddy with fatigue and joy - stood on a balcony in the Stamp Student Union during Wednesday's lunch hour waving to fans and shooting silly videos. The impromptu celebration was organized informally by the Terps themselves, using social media. "We actually kind of made our own pep rally," senior guard Sequoia Austin said Thursday.
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April 3, 2014
Thank you for your editorial comments about Maryland women's basketball and their incomparable star, Alyssa Thomas ( "Remember her name," April 1). I know her and have seen nearly all of her home games. You ask the question about why Ms. Thomas is not better known, and I suggest you look to your own sports section for the answer. The Sun seems to have no problem giving heavy coverage to the mediocre Maryland men's program but can't be bothered to cover the women's team directly.
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By Gene Wang and The Washington Post | April 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Among the many accomplishments in the decorated career of Maryland women's basketball player Alyssa Thomas, the Final Four had been elusive for the school's career scoring leader until Tuesday night. Only hours after being named first-team All-American for a second time, the senior forward scored a team-high 22 points with a game-high 13 rebounds and made a critical foul shot in the closing seconds to help the No. 4 seed in the Louisville Region secure a 76-73 victory over No. 3 seed Louisville in the NCAA tournament's round of eight in front of an announced 14,002 at KFC Yum Center.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2003
In some ways, Philadelphia-area prep basketball star Laura Harper is similar to the Maryland women's basketball program she signed with recently. Despite the genes of a father who played college basketball and the rich history that comes with two Final Four appearances, both Harper and the Maryland women's program have emerged as late bloomers. The 6-foot-4 power forward seems a typical elite player, ranked as high as eighth among high school seniors after averaging 21 points a game at Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pa., last season.
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April 6, 2006
Good morning --Brenda Frese-- Congratulations. Now all you have to do is win again next season.
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By Gene Wang and The Washington Post | April 1, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In 2005-06, when the Maryland women's basketball team won the national championship, coach Brenda Frese's top assistant was Jeff Walz, who proved an invaluable resource on the bench, in the locker room and on the recruiting trail. The two routinely discussed strategy, and in those sessions, Frese foresaw a bright future for her coaching disciple wherever his career led him. Two seasons after helping the Terps to their first and only NCAA title, Walz moved on to become head coach at Louisville and in that time has catapulted the Cardinals onto the national stage with two appearances in the championship game.
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Sports Digest | March 29, 2014
The funeral for Navy football player Will McKamey will be held Monday in Knoxville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held at the Grace Baptist Church beginning at 9 a.m., with a private burial scheduled for 1 p.m. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo , captains Noah Copeland and Parrish Gaines , athletic director Chet Gladchuk and Naval Academy Commandant Bill Byrne will be among a large contingent flying from Annapolis. McKamey, 19, died Tuesday night after collapsing during a practice last Saturday.
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