- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2008

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese is a first-time mother.

Frese gave birth to twin boys yesterday. Markus William Thomas was born at 10:21 a.m., and Tyler Joseph Thomas was delivered 20 minutes later. Markus weighs 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Tyler weighs a little more than 6 pounds.

Frese wasn’t due to deliver until next month, but it became apparent in recent weeks that she wouldn’t carry the twins full term. She long ago stopped accompanying the team on road games and watched home games in a large, cushioned chair in front of the bench.

The fourth-ranked Terrapins were coached by assistant Daron Park in yesterday’s win at Duke.

Park said he had exchanged text messages with Frese’s husband, Mark Thomas, before the game.

“As I was sitting in the hotel room after shootaround today reflecting on what has happened, part of me also felt the game was very secondary given the miracle of life that we had a small chance to experience,” Park said with a smile.

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