Maryland will Represent America At World University Games

Next summer, the Maryland women’s basketball team will be representing the United States at the World University Games in Taiwan. This is not the first time that a women’s college team will play in the games as the U.S. entry. Before the Maryland women’s basketball team, UNC Charlotte participated as the American entry in 2007. In addition to this, the Big 12 Conference sent out a team in 2003.


USA Basketball College Teams in Past World University Games

The Kansas men’s program represented the U.S. men’s entry in 2015, and Purdue will do that next year. The World University Games is actually a multi-sport competition which is open to athletes who are either enrolled in college or are at most one year out of the school. The games take place every other year and are open only to athletes between the ages of 17 to 24. The games are scheduled to take place August 19th to 30th. The scheduling of the event makes it hard for the United States to send out a team of players from many different schools.

The women of United States have won one bronze, six silvers and nine gold medals. Additionally, the USA Basketball women’s teams accumulated a 101–15 all-time mark. In 2015, Maryland alum Brionna Jones aided the women’s team in winning the gold medal.

This time, the Maryland Terps will represent America in Taipei next August. In a telephone interview, Coach Brenda Frese said once she was told that their team was the one they wanted, she was ecstatic, honored and humbled.

According to the Coach, classes is one of the main selection criteria of the United States International University Sports Federation. This means that the team with minimal academic calendar interference from the games plays a big role and the incoming recruiting class that helps the school be best positioned for maximum success overseas was the other major factor.


Coach Frese says Terps will be allowed to practice as much they want

The Terps will lose only two seniors to graduation: Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and All-Big Ten Conference guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. August 28th is the first day of fall classes for the 2017-2018 academic year at Maryland, which is just one day before the final competition in Taiwan. While the schedule still causes some conflict for the Maryland squad, the overlap in dates is minimal when compared to other school calendars that start in early or mid August.

Frese, who did not even know that individual schools were being considered, was surprised when the Terps proved to be the best option for the games. Maryland used all of its NCAA-sanctioned practices for its August trip to Italy. According to the Coach, this extra work was exceptional. Frese told that the Terps will be allowed to practice as much as they want because of the nature of competition, which no doubt will be difficult. While success in Taiwan is a desired outcome, this Maryland squad will be hoping that the added experience will lead to future success during the following March Madness tournament.

John Sill