It's only the end of November, but the Maryland women's basketball season already seems to have a theme: adversity.
The team has announced that junior guard Laurin Mincy tore her ACL in the second half of Maryland's win at No. 19 Nebraska on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season. Mincy is the third player on the team to tear her ACL this season, joining point guard Brene Moseley and center Essence Townsend.
We're down to eight players, but I couldn't ask for eight better players in terms of who to coach and kids that bring it every single day, said head coach Brenda Frese.
Mincy earned All-ACC Honorable Mention last year and was one of the Terps best offensive scoring threats. The team is now left with just two options at the shooting guard position, Katie Rutan and Tierney Pfirman, with Rutan doubling as an option at point guard, alongside Chloe Pavlech.
Everyone's disappointed for [Laurin], but I know this team will rally behind her and rally with each other. That's the type of character we have in our locker room, said Frese.
The loss of Mincy comes just days before No. 10 Maryland will face No. 2 Connecticut on Monday in Hartford. It has turned a tough road test into something even more daunting for the Terps, but they're still up for the challenge.
I don't expect anyone to coach any less and players to give any less than what we're already doing, said Frese. It just means we have to step up even more and be more creative with our practices with seven players plus a walk-on.
We've got to be smarter with what we're doing, but it's not going to change who we are and the effort that we give.