Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career, the conference announced Monday. She received the award after a regular season that saw her and the Terps secure another Big Ten regular season title.
Despite losing all five starters from last year’s Big Ten tournament champion team and losing the No. 2 recruit in the country to injury for a great deal of the year, Frese’s team had a lot of success, going 21-2 for the season with a 17-1 conference record.
She did it behind talented players like Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller, who were both named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and the media. Owusu’s selection was unanimous. Katie Benzan was named to the second team.
In addition, Chloe Bibby and Mimi Collins were both named to All-Big Ten honorable mention by the media; Bibby was also voted honorable mention by the coaches. Angel Reese was named to the media’s All-Freshman team.
The Terps rose to No. 7 in the AP Top 25, the highest-ranked Big Ten team.