Sophomore forward Stephanie Jones (24) knocks her defender to the ground as she reaches for the basket (Joel Valley/The Left Bench).

Maryland to take on Rutgers in Pink game hoping to extend win streak

With a new month approaching quickly, the Terps look to carry on their success from earlier in the season when they take on Rutgers.

 

The Terps (18-3, 7-1) will be dawning Pink uniforms to support the Leukemia lymphoma society. February is Leukemia and Lymphoma month where the supported color is pink.

 

The Terps have been led by standout sophomore Kaila Charles, who leads the team with 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. She was recently nominated for the Cheryl Miller Award, given out to the best women’s basketball player.

 

“Obviously Kaila is Kaila and she continues to do things at such a high level for us and is so aggressive,” head coach Brenda Frese said.

 

The Terps are coming off a close win to Northwestern in which they needed a fourth quarter comeback to take down the Wildcats.

 

Charles led the team with 17 points and secured the win with the help of Eleanna Christinaki, who scored 15 and was the catalyst to the comeback.

 

Christinaki has been a huge part of Maryland’s cooperation with the devastating Blair Watson injury earlier in the season. She has averaged 20.8 points and 4.4 rebounds since the loss, which leads the team.

 

Rutgers (17-6, 5-4) is in the midst of a three-game losing streak after starting conference play 5-1.

 

Offensively, the Scarlet Knights have one of the best scorers in the game in Tyler Scaife, who ranks sixth in total points this season.

 

Maryland has played other prolific scorers, A’ja Wilson from South Carolina (who is fifth on the list) and Kelsey Mitchell from Ohio State (who is first on the list). Maryland went 1-1 in those games.

 

Defensively, Maryland has been declining as of late. Their turnover margin is only at +5, which is the lowest it has been all season.

 

Rutgers, on the other hand, has one of the stingiest defenses in the country right now, as every team they have faced has scored below their average on the season\.

 

“40 minutes of great effort, great energy, great execution … is a team we need to be moving forward,” senior Kristen Confroy said.

 

Tip-off is set for Thursday, February 1, at 7PM in the Xfinity Center.