Brad Sellers was resting in New York, tired after his trip to watch the Maryland women’s basketball’s game against UConn when he received a phone call. He wasn’t surprised to see it was his daughter, star Maryland guard Shyanne Sellers.

Hours before, his daughter came up to him with tears streaming down her face in frustration after the blowout loss. It’s not often that his daughter cries, Brad Sellers said.

“What you doing?” he asked her over the phone.

“I’m watching the game,” Shyanne Sellers responded.

Shyanne Sellers paused briefly, perhaps expecting that her dad, a former NBA player, had already analyzed the film.

“I’ll watch it in the morning. I’ll call you later,” Brad Sellers said. “I’ve got to go to bed.”

Those types of phone calls shared between Brad and Shyanne Sellers are typical. Shyanne Sellers calls herself a “film junkie,” going back to her time at Aurora High School. But her assiduity for basketball started years earlier.

Brad Sellers immersed his four daughters in the sport as soon as they were born. Shyanne Sellers tailed her older sisters as she looked to separate herself from them. She earned the nickname “the halftime entertainment” from parents after she ran her own drills during breaks of her older sister’s AAU games.

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Shyanne Sellers was a 33 percent three-point shooter entering this season. A majority of her attempts from beyond the arc were off the catch rather than out of ball screens. But with the departure of guards Elisa Pinzan and Diamond Miller, Shyanne Sellers has become the Terps’ primary ball handler.

One piece of film includes a play highlighting how defenses are approaching the junior in ball screen defense. South Carolina chooses to go under the screen, daring Shyanne Sellers to make a three off the dribble.

“I just saw that Raven [Johnson] went under the screen, so I’m like, ‘okay I definitely have time to snatch the ball back and then shoot it,’” Shyanne Sellers said. “I’ve worked on that shot a hundred times this offseason, so I think it was just a good rhythm shot for me.”

Because of her improved shooting, the Gamecocks went over most screens the rest of the game. In another clip, Shyanne Sellers scores with a crafty finish and misses a floater in the other. But her inexperience as a point guard is also on display in both film clips. The guard misses a popping shooter each time: graduate student Brinae Alexander in the first clip and junior Allie Kubek in the second.

“One thing I noticed when you’re going over the screen is that obviously the big is trying to plug to make sure I don’t just go straight downhill. But eventually you are going to have to leave me or you’re going to stay with me, and Brinae is going to be wide open on that screen,” Shyanne Sellers said. “I just know that [South Carolina] were all shot blockers, so I worked on the wide finishes a lot, especially right before that game.”

Shyanne Sellers knew why she missed Kubek on the floater attempt.

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“I’ve been telling them is that if you’re behind me, either you have to scream my name really loud or find my eyes because me looking backwards is going to be a really hard play for me to make,” Shyanne Sellers said. “Also I have to read the defense better; just seeing if [the defender] is going to stay with me, then Allie might be wide open.”

Shyanne Sellers has always excelled at transition offense. As the point guard this year, she’s distributing more to teammates. In both plays, Shyanne Sellers manipulates the defense to find open teammates.

“I knew that Brinae was going to be wide open because [Harvard player] Harmoni Turner is too far in the paint and Lav is running right next to the girl,” Shyanne Sellers said. “I could have hit Brinae right across half court if I wanted to, but I know Brinae wants to shoot that three, so I waited just a little bit longer so she could just step right into the three.”

The Ohio native knew watching film would help her grow comfortable when she arrived in College Park as a freshman. It started with video cut up by a team staffer, but Shyanne Sellers said she enjoys listening to announcers while watching, so she started watching game replays on Big Ten Network Plus.

The All-Big Ten Freshman Team member peppered the coaching staff and teammates with questions in her first season, which drew comments like “You’re a lot more vocal than I thought you’d be.”

But that’s who Shyanne Sellers has always been. She’s an aficionado of the sport who was raised in a basketball household and never afraid to ask why.

“Some people love to watch film, some people just don’t really care,” Shyanne Sellers said.

Shyanne Sellers paused before her next words.

“I guess it’s preference, but I feel like you have an advantage the more film you watch,” she said.