Lady Terps' Moseley Out for Season

With Moseley out, the team will rely on junior guard Laurin Mincy to play point.

When Coach Brenda Frese talked about the difficulty of their upcoming season schedule, she admitted that depth could be this team's biggest challenge. Now that sophomore guard Brene Moseley has been ruled out for the season due to an ACL tear, the Maryland Women's Basketball team is down to ten players.

Frese told reporters Monday that Moseley would have an MRI to determine the extent of her injury. A member of the 2012 ACC All-freshmen team, Moseley injured her left knee during a scrimmage Sunday and the consequent MRI results sidelined her for the year. The injury is particularly damaging since Moseley was expected to log a lot of minutes at point guard this season, but now that responsibility largely falls on the shoulders of junior Laurin Mincy.

“This year I think the added responsibilities with playing point guard would be just being more vocal, playing more minutes than I thought I would this season,” said Mincy. “Just controlling the tempo, making sure everybody's in their specific spots, just everything as a whole: playing defense, controlling everything, finding the open man, getting my teammates involved, everything like that.”

Though she'll be playing a new position, Mincy is still one the most experienced players on the team and will be expected to play a large role. Mincy, along with teammates Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins, was selected to the Preseason All-ACC team after scoring 13.1 points per game last year and helping the Terps get to the Elite Eight. The 6'0” guard from New Jersey isn't fazed by the attention though.

“[The award] just means that I worked hard last year and to me it's just an assumption; things can change from the preseason ACC until the real team comes out so it's just motivation to work even harder,” Mincy said. “It's a nice acknowledgement but I'm just going to keep working on my game this season.”

Though Mincy is expected to do most of the heavy lifting, Frese said that freshman guard Chloe Pavlech, junior guards Katie Rutan and Sequoia Austin, and even junior forward Alyssa Thomas will also help out to take a point-guard-by-committee approach. With limited numbers, everyone in a Terps jersey is going to have to contribute.

“Everybody on our team is going to have to play, even our freshmen, and they're going to have to come in and not play like freshmen; they're going to have to come in and be ready to play,” Mincy said. “It's probably going to be a great challenge at first but I have a lot faith in our freshmen and I know once they get used to and accustomed to the game and tempo of college basketball they're going to get it because they've been picking up on things very quickly.”

It helps that this year's freshman class, comprised of Pavlech, forward Tierney Pfirman, and the top ranked post player of 2012 Malina Howard, all came in for both summer sessions to get a head start on their preparation.

“I've been very surprised,” Mincy said of her new teammates. “The fact that they've come here early and been working on their game tirelessly; sometimes they pull me in an extra workout with them so it's just good to see that from such a young age. Being freshmen they know what they want, they want to come here to win, and if we're all on that same page then we can do big things.”

As for her expectations on the season, Mincy said this team's chemistry and relentlessness will get them through whatever hurdles come next, but she's comfortable taking on the added duties of playing point guard.

“I like challenges and I like to live up to challenges so I'm just going to do the best that I can at this new position,” Mincy said. “I expect us just to get better day by day, defensively and offensively. I expect us to win a lot games, win an ACC championship, and potentially win a national championship,” she added. “We're definitely going to get to the final four this season.”

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