Maryland women’s basketball has won their past three games on an average of 29 points, and they look to continue that dominance when the Greyhounds of Loyola come to College Park Monday night.
No. 15 Maryland (9-2) is coming off a big win against local rival George Washington. The Terps dominated that game by forcing the Colonials into a season-high 20 turnovers with their intense high press.
“They just have good size and athleticism and can handle switches,” George Washington coach Jennifer Rizzotti said. “If you get tired and get careless with the ball they’ll take advantage.”
Maryland has forced an average of 21 turnovers per game, compared to them only committing an average of 16 turnovers per game, which is good enough for the 47th best turnover margin in the nation.
“As far as following through and executing the game plan, i thought it was a tremendous job.” Coach Brenda Frese said.
Frese has emphasized all season the importance of playing a full 40 minutes, and in the past couple of games, outscoring opponents 83-22 in the first quarter. They have improved on starting off strong and keeping that intensity throughout, which was a struggle for them
Maryland’s nine player rotation is one of the smallest rosters in the nation, but it has paid dividends for them as they have one of the most balanced attacks in the Big Ten. The Terps have four players averaging double figures and have had every player on the roster score in over a third of their games this season.
One of the Terps main forces of offense is Blair Watson who leads the team in made three pointers with 34 on the season.
“Knowing that my team got my back boosts me even more every game.” said Watson, who had a team-high five threes last game against the colonials, her second highest of the season.
“I know when she’s on, that motivates us and gets us ready for the game.” forward Stephanie Jones said about Watson.
Jones has also helped the Terrapins attack in the rebounding category, averaging 6.6 rebounds on the team, second on the team to projected All-american Kaila Charles.
Loyola (2-7) comes to this game on a little less of a high note, losing their past 4 games including one to a Mount St. Mary’s team that the Terps defeated by 40.
The Greyhounds also have three players averaging double figures, behind their star point guard Stephanie Karcz who averages almost 17 points, but they have been outscored by an average of 10 points per game. It will be a challenge to overcome that start to the season as Maryland is the first ranked opponent they will face.
Tipoff is slated in the Xfinity Center Monday at 6 p.m. before heading over to Baltimore to face Coppin state on December 20th.
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