After an amazing debut for the 6 foot junior from Athens, Eleanna Christinaki had just scored 11 points over her next three Big Ten games, shooting just 15 percent from the floor. But in a road test against Wisconsin, Christinaki got her stroke back to lead the team to a 71-44 win.
Christinaki, who scored a career high 32 in her debut against Coppin State, seemed more like herself in Madison as she led the team with 14 points on 75 percent shooting.
Christinaki’s scoring helped out a struggling Terps team, who only shot 38.5 percent from the field in the first quarter and was barely holding on to a eight point lead. The Terps (15-2, 4-0) scored one of the lowest amounts they have all season with just 71 points.
Usual contributors Blair Watson and Brianna Fraser both only scored six points each on less than 20 percent shooting. The Terps managed to stay on top for the whole game with the help of Christinaki and fellow bench member Iesha Small, who had 13 on the night.
Coach Brenda Frese has stressed the next-man-up mentality leading up to the game, and Maryland possessed it today. This is a big reason why the Terps have the nation’s-leading seven players averaging double figures in points.
Maryland’s defense also helped pick up the slack that was lacking in the points category as they held Wisconsin (7-10, 0-4) to under 25% shooting in the first three quarters. The Terps press also forced Wisconsin into 14 turnovers on the day.
No player on the Badgers’ roster shot over 50 percent from the field and Wisconsin was held to its third lowest point total on the season.
Maryland also outrebounded the Badgers by 17 as six players to rack up at least six rebounds. Maryland ranks fourth in the country in rebounding.
Maryland has been shaky on the road this season, but after a rocky start the Terps managed to outscore the Badgers by 19 in the last three quarters and pull out a win.
Looking forward, Maryland will have a three-game home stand where they will face Michigan State, Indiana and No. 10 Ohio State, which is the only team that has beat them in conference play since joining the Big Ten in 2014.
The depth of this Terps team was shown with Christinaki and others stepping up against Wisconsin, and they will hope to use that depth against a Michigan State team that has four players averaging in double figures.
Maryland will face the Spartans Thursday at 8:00 p.m. in the Xfinity Center.
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