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Brenda Frese: Maryland still adjusting to new roster, as DePaul loss shows

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Maryland women’s basketball is still dealing with last season’s losses.

The No. 14-ranked Terrapins lost 76-67 to DePaul on Friday, as they couldn’t find a solution for Aneesah Morrow. Morrow had a game-high 22 points alongside 10 rebounds, one of three Blue Demons players to record a double-double.

Keke Rimmer had 13 points and 12 rebounds while Jorie Allen added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Darrione Rogers neared a double-double, with 12 points and nine assists.

From start to finish, Maryland struggled to keep up as DePaul shot 11-of-30 from 3-point range and grabbed 52 rebounds.

“It was a tough first half for us,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said postgame. “Very cold shooting, a lot of quick shots, way too many threes for us. I credit DePaul. They’re a great team. I thought they punched first and never looked back. They were the aggressive team the entire time in the game.

“I thought we came to life in the third quarter and made some plays, but they just continued to respond. . . . They didn’t even flinch when we were able to cut that lead.”

Maryland’s Faith Masonius attempted to help her team to the comeback in the fourth quarter, finishing with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The score was 47-45 in the final period after the Terrapins held the team to 25 percent shooting in the third, and they took the lead with a little over seven minutes to go in the fourth.

But it wasn’t enough.

“The game of basketball really is a game of runs,” Masonius said. “When we had the opportunity to get stops and turn them into scores, it’s really important for us to escalate that and keep our foot on the gas. The first half we just didn’t play our game, and at that point, it was a little too late.”

In the first half, the team shot just 25.7 percent. They finished shooting 31.6 percent. That, combined with the fact that DePaul was able to solve the Maryland defense, led to the team’s second loss of the season.

“They have a tremendous inside and outside game,” Frese said of DePaul’s offense. “With Morrow being so aggressive and such a dynamic scorer in so many ways, and their ability to take 30 threes and shoot 37 percent from the three-point line. Just the ability with their offensive identity to spread you out on offense.”