Height: 6'7"
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Paterson, N.J.
High School: Paterson Catholic
Experience: 3 Letters


Frese on Townsend:  “We consider Essence one of our greatest success stories. We were thrilled when she came back for her fifth season.  She has really matured and found herself in college. I can’t wait to see what she does in life.”

As a Redshirt Senior (2013-14): Saw action in 17 games...made first appearance of the season in home opener vs. Loyola (Nov. 10) 5 minutes vs. George Washington, grabbed 2 rebounds and a steal (Nov. 19)...saw seven minutes and hit 2 jumpers for 4 points with 3 boards, a block and a steal vs. Texas Southern in San Juan Shootout (Nov. 29)...went 1-for-2 from the field with a rebound vs. Ohio in Puerto Rico (Nov. 30)...notched a steal and pulled down a board in 3 minutes vs. Siena (Dec. 9)...picked up a bucket, a rebound, 2 assists and a block in 7 minutes vs. Delaware State (Dec. 14)...added 3 points with a rebound, an assist and 2 blocks in 7 minutes vs. Wofford (Dec. 28)...picked up a block and a rebound in 6 minutes vs. Charleston (Dec. 29)...added a bucket vs. Clemson (Feb. 9)...added an assist at Boston College (Feb. 27)...made first career start vs. Virginia Tech on Senior Day and picked up 2 boards with a block (March 2)...hit jumper in final minutes in NCAA First Round win over Army (March 23)...key reserve of team that beat top-seeded Tennessee, then No. 4 Louisville at home to reach NCAA Final Four.

Sat out 2012-13 season after she tore left ACL in exhibition vs. Goldey-Beacom College on Nov. 5.

As a Junior (2011-12): Saw action in 16 games...notched four boards vs. Loyola (Nov. 11)...had three blocks vs. Towson (Nov. 16)...dumped in a bucket at FIU (Nov. 25)...grabbed three offensive boards vs. CSUB (Nov. 26)... pulled down a board and notched a block in four minutes at American (Dec. 4)...scored career-high 10 points in 21 minutes vs. Delaware State with four rebounds and four blocks (Dec. 11)...tied her career-high 10 points and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in 13 minutes vs. Lafayette (Dec. 28)...saw action at Florida State (Jan. 2)...scored three points and grabbed two rebounds in four minutes vs. Wake Forest (Jan. 19)...made a bucket, grabbed four boards and blocked three shots vs. Boston College (Feb. 2)...grabbed five boards with a block in nine minutes vs. Virginia in ACC Second Round (March 2)...received team's Terp Award at annual banquet for her character and commitment to the team's core values.

As a Sophomore (2010-11): Saw action in 15 of 31 games... scored first bucket of the season against La Salle (Dec. 28)... scored in final minute against No. 10 UNC (Jan. 23)... went 2-for-4 at the line in 10 minutes against Wake Forest (Jan. 28)... saw first half action in season-high 12 minutes against Longwood. Went 2-for-3 from the field for career-high six points with four rebounds, a block and a steal. Also hit two of two free throws against the Lancers (Jan. 30).

As a Freshman (2009-10): Saw action in 19 games...led all players with nine rebounds and four blocks against North Carolina Central (Nov. 14) ... for the second game on the season, led the team in rebounds with a career-high seven defensive boards in her 16 minutes on the court against Samford (Nov. 24) ... against Minnesota posted two blocks in just three seconds (Dec. 3) ... grabbed three rebounds in three minutes against St. Joseph's (Jan. 3) ... pulled down six boards in just 10 minutes on the floor against Clemson (Feb. 14).

Before Maryland: An all-state, all-county and all-league selection for the Cougars as a senior ... led high school team to the 2009 Tournament of Champions and a final four berth ... was a first-team all-league and all-county choice from sophomore through senior seasons ... all-league honorable mention as a freshman ... once recorded 21 blocks in a game and can dunk.

Personal: Essence A’Nija Townsend ... favorite athlete is Essence Carson ... enjoys eating, shopping and hanging out with friends ... non-sports hero is her great aunt ... chose Maryland for the strength of the basketball program ... also considered Pittsburgh, Delaware State, Rutgers and Seton Hall among others...graduated with her degree in family science in May 2013...currently working on her degree in sociology...recipient of the Michael and Ann Freiman Director's Circle Scholarship.


Points 10 (2X) last vs. Lafayette (12/28/11)
Rebounds 9 vs. NC Central (11/14/09)
FGM 5 vs. Delaware State (12/8/11)
FGA 8 vs. NC Central (11/14/09)
3FGM --
3FGA --
FTM 3 vs. Wofford (12/28/13)
FTA 4 vs. Wake Forest (1/28/11)
Assists 2 (2X) last vs. DSU (12/14/13)
Blocks 4 (2X) vs. Delaware State (12/8/11)   
Steals 1 (7X) last TSU (11/29/13)
Minutes 21 vs. Delaware State (12/8/11)
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