Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.
The No. 8 Maryland Terrapins (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten) kick off a busy week of Big Ten play with three games in seven days, beginning Thursday night against Michigan in Ann Arbor. This marks Maryland’s second week in less than a month of three games in such a short time span: previously, the Terps went 1-2 in six days, ending their then-perfect season.
“You saw the impact of three games in six days,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said after the team’s 80-71 loss to Ohio State almost two weeks ago. “It’s not an excuse in terms of how we played, like I mentioned to our team in the locker room. We want to compete for titles and there’s going to come a time in the tournament when we have to play three games in three days.”
As the road to the Final Four gets closer, this week gives Maryland another chance to prove their endurance in a season that only gets harder from here.
Before a home game against Northwestern followed by a road game at Wisconsin, the Terps face the Michigan Wolverines (10-5, 2-2 Big Ten), who are coming off a two game winning streak.
Wolverines’ sophomore Katelynn Flaherty, named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, led the team through recent back-to-back victories against Iowa and Minnesota, where she scored 24 and 33 points, respectively. The 5-foot-7 guard is on track to become the school’s second sophomore ever to reach 1,000 points and will be the player for Maryland to watch out for.
The Terps are coming off a two game winning streak, as well. Their most recent victory was a 76-56 win over No. 23 Iowa on Sunday. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led the team with 19 points, while Brionna Jones added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Thursday marks the third ever matchup between Maryland and Michigan. The Terps walked away victorious all three times. Their last matchup was Jan. 29, where Shatori Walker-Kimbrough helped clinch the 91-65 win with 20 points and seven rebounds, along with Brionna Jones, who added another 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The game can be viewed tomorrow at 6 p.m. tomorrow on the Big Ten Network or online at BTN2Go.com.