Maryland Basketball

Maryland head coach Brenda Frese reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in College Park, Md. Frese tied a school record with her 499th win, reaching the milestone by guiding the 10th-ranked Terrapins past Wisconsin 84-48. Frese matched the mark set by Hall of Fame coach Chris Weller, who was at Maryland from 1975-2002. Weller was replaced by Frese, who's 499-130 over 19 seasons. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — As Valentine Days go, this one couldn’t have been much sweeter for Brenda Frese and the ninth-ranked Maryland Terrapins.

Despite a number of obstacles, the high-powered Terrapins rolled to a 95-73 win over Nebraska on Sunday, giving Frese her record 500th win with the program.

Frese, 500-130 in her 19th season at Maryland, passed Hall of Fame coach Chris Weller, who won 499 games from 1975-2002.

“I spoke to her this past week, and I already have a message from her,” Frese said after the game. “I can’t say enough about her grace and dignity. She was so proud I was going to pass her.

“We both know records are made to broken.”

Ashley Owusu scored 25 points, Diamond Miller added 24 and the Terrapins (14-2, 10-1 Big Ten Conference) made it look easy. A 12-0 run early in the first period put the Terrapins up 14-4 and by halftime it was 51-33 as Chloe Bibby scored all 16 of her points.

That is even more impressive considering Maryland hadn’t played in 10 days — their last game postponed because of their opponent’s COVID-19 protocols — and they arrived in Nebraska the morning of the game because of weather conditions.

“I just marvel at this team, they didn’t even flinch,” Frese said. “After two travel delays, no playing in 10 days and having that start . . . you were able to see there wasn’t any rust.”

Mimi Collins added 19 points for the Terrapins, who shot 56% (39 of 70) to set a record for most points by an opposing team in Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Ruby Porter scored a career-high 19 points for the Cornhuskers (9-10, 7-8), who have lost four straight and are 0-13 against the Terrapins. Kate Cain and Isabelle Bourne adding 17 points with Bourne grabbing 10 rebounds.

Nebraska had a 10-0 run and near the midway point of the third period cut the deficit to 56-46 but Owusu fueled a 15-0 run and scored 12 in the period, which ended with the Terrapins on top 77-50.

Frese was head coach at Ball State for two seasons and Minnesota for one and is 556-160 in 22 seasons. Ironically she picked up her 500th career win at Nebraska two years ago.

“It’s something I’m I’m extremely proud of,” she said. “Sometimes we make it look really easy but it’s really difficult. . . . You hope as you do things the right way those things take care of themselves.

“There’s no other group I’d rather be with . . . going through this season, all the things that we’ve had to experience, is really something I’m going to remember for a lifetime.”

Maryland is home against Illinois on Wednesday. Nebraska goes to No. 21 Northwestern on Thursday.

In other news

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sam Haiby had 19 points and eight rebounds, Kate Cain added 16 points and six rebounds, and Nebraska used a 22-10 second quarter to break away from short-handed Minnesota 72-61 on Wednesday in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.

IOWA CITY — Nebraska women's basketball forward Isabelle Bourne was determined to keep the Huskers within reach of Iowa. She scored six points in the last 2:30 of the third quarter to give the Huskers a 60-58 lead heading into the fourth.

MINNEAPOLIS — In a true Sam Haiby fashion, she drove to the basket from the far corner, split two defenders, bounced the ball off the glass and drew the foul. Haiby’s three-point play tied the game 62-62 with less than four minutes to play.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Kate Cain matched a career-high with 22 points, Isabelle Bourne had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds, and Nebraska pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 24 Northwestern 71-64 on Wednesday night.