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Quotes from Maryland Women's Media Day

The women's team held its media day this afternoon, and there seemed to be two prevalent lines of questions:

1. How are seniors Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver adjusting to their new leadership roles?
(Coleman: "Once I got over the loss last year and focused more on this season—this is what I've been waiting for since freshman year, to be able to be the senior leader, to be looked on as a leader. I'm excited and up for the challenge.")

2. How has Coach Brenda Frese changed, now that she's a mother?
(Frese: "You're just so much more in tune with the other things these players have going on. If a player has a bad day or an intense practice, you want to make sure you follow back up because that's someone's self-esteem and their confidence. I probably feel their lows a little tougher than before. Maybe I wasn't as in tune with it as I am now.")

Other odds and ends:

Frese on how the Terps will change their style without Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper:
I think we're going to spread the floor more… Obviously Marissa and Kristi, they're able to provide so many things to the team and the program. At times we might be four-out, we might be smaller inside, but we'll be able to do a lot more off of dribble-penetration and spreading the floor.

Toliver on how Frese has changed since becoming a mom:
I think she's definitely more fiery. I think she's glad she doesn't have those two kids in her belly anymore… She's reminded me of the Coach B that recruited me and that I played for the first two years. Last year, she had a hard time just because she couldn't get up and be fiery and yell at the refs and yell at us, and that's what she likes to do. It's nice to see her energy level back and her enthusiasm.

Coleman on what it's like with Langhorne and Harper:
At first, it was a big adjustment. Knowing them as long as we did—we didn't just meet freshman year. We knew them since our sophomore and junior year in high school. To have such a strong relationship with people and to have them abruptly leave you, it was hard. It was hard that first workout, being in the weight room. We all have our positions in the weight room, and for Lang and Harp and Jade [Perry] and Ashleigh [Newman] to be missing, it was an adjustment. But I didn't want to dwell on it too much, because I didn't want it to get in the way of the vision that I have for this season and the success I'm trying to have my senior year.

Coleman on the new post players, freshman center Lynetta Kizer and junior forward Demauria Liles:
There was never any doubts about what they were going to bring to this team. Lynetta is a great post player, and Dee is probably one of the most athletic people I've ever played with. They've come in and they've stepped into their role and they know what's expected of them and they continue to work hard.

By Camille Powell  |  October 28, 2008; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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