COLLEGE PARK, M.d. (DC News Now) – The Maryland women’s basketball team feels they were highly underestimated heading into the 2022-2023 season. That was mainly due to the fact that they were only returning one starter, senior guard Diamond Miller. Now, with only nine games left in conference play, the Terps surprised everyone and sit at 16-4 on the season and are currently ranked #10 in the nation.

“I just think it shows like, how well our coaches are coaching us and putting us in the best position to be successful,” says sophomore guard, Shyanne Sellers. “Then, it just kind of like shows you how much sisterhood this is because I don’t know many people that can meet in less than a year, and then you’d be ranked top 10 in the nation. So I think that’s really something to be proud of, and it’s really something I’m really excited for.”

Senior guard and co-captain Diamond Miller was the lone returning starter for Maryland, going into this season, and she missed the first few games after coming off knee surgery during the offseason. Miller, says that outsiders looking into the Terps, had no idea of the potential they had this year.

“When I was hearing all this stuff, I’m like you guys don’t even know, and that was the thing. We were unknown like nobody knew who we really were, and I think that was the most exciting part about it is that we kind of had no expectations so why not just have fun with it.”

With not much time in between seasons, a rebuilding process began for head coach Brenda Frese as she entered her 21st season at the helm.

“I likened it to when I first came to Maryland, to be honest, as a complete overhaul rebuild. You didn’t know where you were going to be putting players, it takes time. I think you saw it early, our chemistry was going to take a moment but obviously, I love where we’re at and where we’re headed for the postseason.”

Obviously, the additions of transfers Abby Meyers, Elisa Pinzan, Allie Kubek, Brinae Alexander, and Lavender Briggs have made the process smoother for Freese and the Terps.

“They were all vets,” says Miller, “so the transition was actually very smooth. And then we just brought along the freshmen and the freshmen fit right in. So it was kind of easier than I expected for sure.”

Additionally, to have the success the Terps have had so far this season, it required the younger players to step up, and sophomore guard Shyanne Sellers welcomed the challenge. The former freshman standout grew into her leadership role quickly and was recently named Big 10 Player of the Week (1/16-1/22).

“I knew that I wanted to make a bigger impact than the following year, so just kind of adding to my offensive game a little bit more just to help the team. It’s definitely feeling like my work is paying off. But I know I have so much more to do so I know the sky’s the limit with me.”

Despite only having a short preseason to get acclimated, the Terps have developed great team chemistry, a beneficial asset to have as they eye postseason tournaments according to Freese.

“It’s huge. They know they need each other and that trust is there. I’ve always said when we have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio, you can see that element within our team.”

We come together a lot when it’s big moments,” says Sellers, “So just knowing that like when it comes around to tournament time and stuff like that, that we’re not gonna back away from big game or a tough opponent. But I think it’s really exciting and it just shows you how competitive this team is and how far we can really go.”

The Maryland Terrapins will host #13 Michigan on Thursday at 6:30 pm.