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BALTIMORE — The Maryland women’s basketball team scored Coach Brenda Frese’s 500th victory as a head coach at University of Nebraska on Jan. 8, then came home to top Michigan in another Big Ten battle four days later.
Against Nebraska, Kaila Charles led the way with 19 points in an 81-63 victory for No. 9 Maryland.
The Terrapins came right back and rolled to an 83-69 victory over Michigan on Jan. 12 at College Park. Freshman Taylor Mikesell led the way with 17 points and classmate Shakira Austin added 13 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks.
“We knew this game was going to come down to rebounding and toughness,” Frese said afterward. “I mean, when you have the two best rebounding teams in the conference going at it, you just know that Michigan is going to bring that mentality, but I loved our response.”
Maryland scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and took command. Channise Lewis handed out 11 assists while Blair Watson scored 14 points, and Stephanie Jones posted 13 more.
That win put the Terrapins alone in second place in the Big Ten, one-half game behind Rutgers.
MARYLAND MEN KNOCK OFF INDIANA
The Maryland men’s basketball team started slow but finished fast against No. 22 Indiana, scoring a key Big Ten victory on Jan 11 in College Park.
Indiana jumped out to some big early leads, but Maryland, led by Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan Jr., rallied for 78-75 victory over the Hoosiers.
Maryland improved to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play while Indiana fell to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.
Fernando, who is developing into a major force on the court, scored 25 points and pulled down 13 points for a double-double. Cowan added 24 points as the Terrapins notched 51 in the second half after a shaky first 20 minutes.
Indiana jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 14-4 before the Terrapins awakened.
“First half, it was a slow start which is one of the things that we are trying to work on,” Fernando said. “We are trying to get rid of it and just try to make sure we do things right. We did that in the second half.”
NAVY FOOTBALL ADDS FOUR DEFENSIVE COACHES
Navy announced on Jan. 12 that assistant coaches Brian Newberry, Brian Norwood, Kevin Downing and P.J. Volker will be coming on to their defensive staff.
Newberry is going to be the defensive coordinator and take care of the safeties. Norwood is going to work as the co-defensive coordinator and guide the cornerbacks.
As for Downing, he is going to handle the defensive ends and “raiders” while Volker coaches the inside linebackers.
After struggling on defense last season and finishing with an 3-10 overall record, the Midshipmen want things to be different in 2019.
“I am super excited to have Brian Newberry join our program,” said Navy Head Football Coach Ken Niumatalolo. “He brings an edge and a style of defense that will get us back to where we belong. I am also ecstatic to have Brian Norwood join our staff. With almost 30 years of coaching at the highest level, he brings a deep reservoir of knowledge and expertise to our team. Kevin Downing and P.J. Volker are two rising stars in our profession– great coaches who are proven recruiters.”