Maryland women’s basketball kicks off its season against UMass Lowell on Nov. 13. Until then, we’re profiling every member of the team.
Kristen Confroy, junior, guard, 5’9, No. 12
Hometown: Solon, Ohio
High school: Solon HS
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars, No. 19 guard in the country
Collegiate Stats: 5.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .406 FG/.408 3P/.871 FT (71 games)
How she got to College Park
One glance at her body of work from high school and you can see why head coach Brenda Frese wanted Confroy on her squad. Ranked the No. 51 overall player by Blue Star and voted Cleveland.com’s Player of the Year in 2014, Confroy was a scoring machine during her time at Solon. The McDonald’s All-American nominee averaged 19.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.6 rebounds for the Comets, and played soccer and softball in her off-seasons.
Last year, she tied the school record for the most three-pointers made in a single game with eight against Northwestern. Confroy dropped 73 threes from beyond the arc, a major increase from the 24 she made as a freshman.
Confroy more than doubled her points output from her freshman campaign, with her average PPG jumping from 3.9 to 8.0. She nearly tripled the total number of rebounds she ripped down too, and became more than just a role player in the offense.
Her production could very well increase during her junior season as well. Confroy can easily average double-digit points and be one of the deadlier three-point shooters both on the team and in the Big Ten. One thing to watch for is an uptick in two-point field goals, which Confroy took just 65 of during the Terps’ 36-game schedule last year. If she can improve her efficiency from long range and take more shots near the basket, she could move into the team’s go-to third scoring option behind Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones.
What a dream season might look like
With a true point guard in Destiny Slocum at the helm of the offense, Confroy becomes a beast in Frese’s half-court offense and continues to shine on the defensive end, as well.
She was the 2013 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year.
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