IOWA CITY, Iowa - The eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team visited head coach Brenda Frese's hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa Saturday night before their game Sunday at Iowa in Iowa City.
Frese's parents, Bill and Donna Frese, hosted the Terrapins for dinner at their house where Brenda grew up. Four of Frese's five siblings, their families and friends joined the homecoming occasion.
"Bringing our team to my family's home is something my whole family and I have been looking forward to ever since we announced we were moving to the Big Ten," Frese said. "I'm still very close to my family, so we love getting to see them at Big Ten stops through the season, but getting to bring the team here and show them where I grew up is really special. We brought a team here to play Northern Iowa back in 2006 and haven't been able to since. I know my family was really excited about this and I'm sure our team enjoyed the photos and memories here."
The Terps took time to see some of their head coach's accolades and photos from her time at Washington High School and as a player at Arizona.
"We had a great time at Coach B's house with her family and friends," freshman Kiah Gillespie said."We played pool and had a lot of fun. They're a great family. We're only the second team she's gotten to bring to her house, so that's really special."
Frese's high school coach, Paul James, brought highlights of her high school career. She helped lead her high school team to its first-ever state title in her senior season.
"Having the opportunity to go to Coach B's house was really special and it's definitely going to be memorable," sophomore Aja Ellison said. "It was fun seeing Coach B's photos from high school and college. They were so cute and it was fun to see her highlights, too."
The Terps (13-2, 2-1 B1G) and the Hawkeyes (12-3, 2-1) will tip-off at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be shown around the world on ESPN2, the Watch ESPN app and WatchESPN.com.