50 Seasons of Netting Success

As Accomplished Women’s Program Celebrates Milestone, Fans Cheer Memorable Moments
By Annie Dankelson | Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Eight All-Americans. Eighteen WNBA draft selections. Twenty-two conference titles, six Final Fours and one national championship. That resume is impressive enough on its own, but now, the Maryland women’s basketball program can add a new stat: 50 seasons.

Since the Terps first took the court when women’s basketball became a recognized varsity sport in 1971, they’ve turned in a half-century of high-achieving hoops, with Dottie McKnight, Chris Weller and current Head Coach Brenda Frese combining to lead UMD to a remarkable 43 winning seasons.

As the team marks this year’s milestone, fans share their favorite moments that inspired Maryland pride.

“1992, Maryland vs. Virginia. I was teaching in Washington County, Md. I drove to Cole Field House to purchase a ticket. The line was already backed up beyond the parking area—hundreds of people. I elbowed and worked my way into the building. The ushers were making announcements that the game was sold out. As I turned to leave, a woman walked up to me asking if I needed a ticket. ‘YES!’ She gave me one, I got it scanned, found a seat and WHAT A GAME!”


“My interest in women’s basketball derives from growing up in West Texas, where girls’ high school interscholastic basketball has been played since 1950, and from my undergraduate college, Texas Tech, which won the NCAA championship in 1993. When my daughter began her studies at Maryland in 2013, I became a season-ticket holder. I’m pleased to support the program, which I regard as one of the highest quality in the country.”


“I was a freshman at UMD in 1971, and while thinking the women’s basketball then was kind of a joke, I have come to love and deeply respect the women Terps. My favorite memory is Kristi Toliver hitting that three-pointer over Duke’s Alison Bales in the ’06 NCAA championship. It was a dagger!”


See more about the anniversary celebration at umterps.com/Terps50.


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