Head coach Brenda Frese and Maryland’s Women's basketball team have added Malina Howard and Tori Jankoska to their U.S roster for the World University Games in a few weeks.
“We couldn’t be more excited to add Malina and Tori to our roster for the World University Games,” Frese stated. “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 just finished playing for the Terps, however, has been on staff in the athletic department as the Big Ten Fellow, working in the Career Skills and Life Development office. Her experience internationally includes two Gold Medals when she represented the U.S on the U19 team in the 2011 FIBA World Championships and U18 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.”
As for Jankoska, she is a former All-Big Ten selection who just graduated from Michigan State. Jankoska is the Spartans All-time scoring leader after concluding her career with 2,212 points — the first woman basketball player in Michigan State’s history to score over 2,000 points.
“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.”
Maryland was selected by the United States International University Sports Federation to represents America in the World University Games, which will tip-off on August 19 in Taipei, Taiwan, and end on August 30.
The Terps will play its first game on Monday, August 21 against Uganda, followed by two more pool games (the Czech Republic and Poland) before potentially entering medal rounds.