Maryland Women Kick Off Season at Madness

The 2012-2013 women's basketball season officially got underway Friday night at Maryland Madness

The Maryland women's basketball team kicked off its 2012-13 season at Maryland Madness Friday night, and head coach Brenda Frese urged fans to come out and support the reigning ACC Champs this year.

“We have a top 10 recruiting class and we are the pre-season No. 4 ranked team,” Frese told the crowd at Comcast Center.

The Terps also return four starters from last season's Elite Eight team, including All-American and ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas.

After Frese addressed the crowd, senior Essence Townsend and junior Sequoia Austin had a few words of encouragement as well.

“If you want to see Alyssa Thomas block another Duke shot into the stands, you'll come out and support us,” said Austin.

Frese said that Maryland Madness is a special night for her team as the tip-off of basketball season.

“I know they look forward to the whole atmosphere. It's just a tremendous night for them,” she said.

Three freshmen saw their first taste of playing in front of a Maryland crowd as the team held a five-minute scrimmage: center Malina Howard, forward Tierney Pfirman, and guard Chloe Pavlech. Frese said she has been impressed with how well these three have been progressing so far and how they've “blended right in.”

“The biggest compliment for them is the fact that they don't look like freshmen,” she said.

Frese called Howard “a terrific low-post scorer,” and added that Pavlech will be a solid player that will give the team depth.

“Tierney Pfirman is probably better than we anticipated, a player very similar to a Marissa Coleman-type that can really fill it up,” she said.

Before the scrimmage, the team showed off their dance moves while a mash-up of popular songs played. When the team came back out for their introductions, they unveiled brand new black and white Under-Armour uniforms for this season. The night also included a short video message from Terp alum and current Los Angeles Sparks player Kristi Toliver, who encouraged the team to enjoy the ride this season.

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