The No. 15 Maryland women’s basketball team is going up against Geno Auriemma and the No.1 Connecticut Huskies once again. Another big test for Brenda Frese and the Terrapins.
Maryland women’s basketball (2-1) saw the No.1 ranked Connecticut Huskies once in the 2016-17 season, Dec.29 at the Xfinity Center which ended in a 87-81 home loss for the Terrapins and UConn’s 30th straight road win, tying a women’s college basketball record.
Now Maryland women’s basketball is looking to get a victory and move to 3-1 on the road at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Game time is 1:30 pm EST on ESPN.
The Terrapins are led by Sophomore Guard Kaila Charles (20 PPG, seven RPG) who has been playing lights out in her first three games, including a 27-point second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks. She is going to have to get going early and often if Maryland is going to beat Connecticut. Not just her, The two other talented sophomores on the roster, Stephanie Jones (13.3 PPG, 10 RPG, three SPG) and Blair Watson (14.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.3 APG) need to play well offensively.
On the court, Maryland women’s basketball is going to need to stay on top of UConn’s three seniors (Guard Kia Nurse and Forwards Gabby Williams and Azura Stevens). In last year’s matchup, Nurse put up 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal. Williams had 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in that game.
Something to watch out for will be how the Terps play UConn defensively and in transition. Those are two very important areas of the game and if you lose in those areas, you lose the game. So it will be interesting to see whether Brenda Frese turns to a zone defense or puts her confidence in individual matchups and stick with man defense.