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Brianna Fraser looks to establish herself as a force for Maryland women’s basketball

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Our Profiles in Terpage series continues with a sophomore who has a chance to get serious playing time.

Scenes from 2016 Maryland Madness

Maryland women’s basketball starts its season Nov. 13 against UMass Lowell. Until then, we’re profiling every player on the team.

Brianna Fraser, sophomore, forward, 6’3, no. 34

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

High School: South Shore

Twitter: @Bri34Fraser

Recruiting Ratings: Five stars, No. 15 player overall, no. 2 forward, no. 1 player in New York

Collegiate Stats: 4.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .396 FG/.250 3P/.746 FT (32 games)

How did she get to College Park?

Fraser was a two-sport star in high school, and was recruited by Division I schools for both basketball and volleyball. But Fraser decided to play basketball, and committed to Maryland before her junior year.

At South Shore, she broke the New York State Federation all time scoring record her senior year while leading her team to a City Championship. Following her senior year she was named a McDonald’s All American.

Career highlight

Fraser had a career high with 11 points against Central Connecticut State, and then tied it three days later against Loyola.

2016-17 prospectus

Fraser averaged just four points and 2.7 rebounds a game last season, but showed signs of potential. In her limited minutes, she didn’t shy away from taking it to the basket, had the skill to draw fouls, and contribute on the defensive end.

With Malina Howard gone, there’s a window of opportunity for Fraser, as Maryland will be looking for someone down low to compliment Brionna Jones—that is, if Brenda Frese uses a traditional two big lineup.

In both exhibition games, Frese started four guards and had Jones start at center, and Fraser came off the bench. It will be interesting to see how Frese adjusts her starting lineup, but expect Fraser to role out a traditional lineup during conference play, as teams will get bigger and Maryland won’t be able to use their size advantage as much.

What a dream season might look like

Whether off the bench or in the starting lineup, Fraser becomes a force down low and averages over 10 points and five rebounds a game.

Up next

A junior who’s been held back by injuries her whole career and will miss the 2016-17 season.

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