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Terps look to finish road trip undefeated against Akron

The Maryland Terrapins (6-2) have their third straight road game this Saturday against the Akron Zips (3-2).

This is a de facto home game for one of the Terps though, as senior guard Kristen Confroy is going to be just 30 miles from her hometown in Solon, Ohio when the Terps battle the Zips.

“Kristen is mentally one of the toughest players you’ll see. She accepts every challenge our staff throws at her and never shows any sign of cracking,” Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said.

The last time a player visited a school near their hometown this season was against Miami, with Channise Lewis and Iesha Small being Miami natives. Small scored a career high 23 points, with Lewis also cracking double digits with 12 against the Hurricanes.

The Terps will look to have the same success with another teammate’s home crowd this Saturday.

Confroy has been the leader in Maryland three-point attack, shooting a team-high 41 percent from behind the arc this season.

Akron is coming off two straight wins at home against Eastern Kentucky and Winthrop by a combined 43 points.

The main offensive attack for the Zips will come from star guard Megan Sefcik, who leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game. She also is the leading three-point scorer on the team, making just as many shots from behind the three-point arc than the rest of her team combined.

The weakness for the Zips, however, is going to be rebounding, as they have not outrebounded any of their opponents this season.

The Terps are going to need to find some way to attack this hole in the Zips game plan, even with Frese going forward with a four guard formation this season.

Forward Brianna Fraser is getting less minutes, as well, since her minutes significantly dropped in the Virginia game to just three, due to this change in formation.

But even with the smaller lineup, the Terps have out-rebounded their opponents by six on average per game this season.

“Rebounding was a big area for us and being able to get ball reversals in our offense and I thought we really took that to heart in those two areas and saw a lot of success as a resulting,” Frese said.

The Terps have had a lot of close games this season, and if they don’t come out hot quickly this could the same.  

The game will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. in Akron, Ohio.