COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Brenda Frese and the Maryland women’s basketball team have added former Terp Malina Howard and former All-Big Ten guard Tori Jankoska to their U.S. roster for the World University Games next month.
“We couldn’t be more excited to add Malina and Tori to our roster for the World University Games,” Frese said. “We can take up to 12 players and with potentially playing six games in eight days, we felt like it was best to increase our depth. Malina brings intelligence and post presence, as well as leadership and international experience to our team. Tori is a versatile, high-IQ guard that can play three positions and can score at will.”
Howard is on staff in the athletic department as the Big Ten Fellow, working in the Career Skills and Life Development office. She is preparing for medical school.
In her four years as a Terrapin, Howard helped the Terrapins to two Final Fours, a Sweet Sixteen and two straight Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. She amassed 770 points with 542 rebounds. Howard won two gold medals representing the U.S., one with the Under-19 Team in the 2011 FIBA World Championships and with the Under-18 Team in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.
"I am so excited to be back with the Terps and have the opportunity to represent my country in the World University Games,” Howard said. “I am honored Coach B asked me to join and the team has been so welcoming and encouraging with my return. I couldn't think of a better group to be with and can't wait to be part of the experience.”
Jankoska played four seasons at Michigan State, earning All-Big Ten honors in all four years and First Team honors in 2017. She averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 35.4 percent from outside the arc.
Jankoska became the MSU career scoring leader and the first Spartan women’s basketball player to eclipse the 2,000-point mark, ending her career with 2,212 points. She also broke the Michigan State single-season scoring record with 746 points last season, which ranked second in the Big Ten. Jankoska also became Michigan State’s all-time leader in three-pointers made with 320 and free throws made with 478. She was also second in career assists with 489.
She was drafted ninth overall by the Chicago Sky. Jankoska will join the Terrapins in College Park early next month before they depart for Taiwan Aug. 13.
“I'm extremely excited about joining Coach Frese and the Maryland team for the World University Games.” Jankoska said. “They have had a tremendous program throughout the years. It's an amazing opportunity to see the world, play the game I love, and represent the United States.”
The Terrapins were selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the U.S. in the World University Games, which will be Aug. 19-30, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. To prepare for the World University Games, the Terps are permitted to practice over the summer.
Frese and the Terrapins will open their World University Games run Monday, Aug. 21 vs. Uganda, then will play two more pool play games, followed by medal rounds. They were selected to Pool C, along with the Czech Republic, Uganda and Poland. The other countries that qualified for the women’s basketball competition are Chinese Taipei, Hungary, Sweden, China, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Portugal, Russia, Australia, Lithuania and Argentina.
After playing Uganda at 12:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 21, the Terrapins will take on Poland at 12:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 22, then the Czech Republic at 8:00 a.m. ET on Aug. 23. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be Aug. 25 and 26, then the medal round games will be played Aug. 28. The World University Games will begin Aug. 19 with the opening ceremony and will conclude Aug. 30 with the closing ceremony.
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The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.