After defeating Georgia Tech 67-54 on Thursday, No. 7 Maryland will look to extend its record to 8-0 for the third time in the last four seasons against UMBC. UMBC enters the game at 6-2, but is struggling as of late, coming off consecutive losses against Towson and American.
Junior guard Kaila Charles led the Terps offensively against the Yellow Jackets, finishing with 23 points. A season high, it included nine fourth quarter points. Freshman guard Taylor Mikesell contributed 20 points as well, continuing her strong start to the season. The Terps continue to out rebound their opponents, 43-26 against Georgia Tech a trend the team will look to continue against UMBC.
Through seven games this season, the Terps are second overall in the nation in total rebounds, as well as leading the nation in average rebounds per game. A large part of that success is the duo of freshman forward Shakira Austin, who’s fifth in the nation in rebounds, as well as junior forward Stephanie Jones.
Through seven games this season, Maryland has played with strong defensive intensity throughout. The Terps are seventh in the country in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 30 percent shooting from the field.
Despite the Terps early season success, they have had trouble with ball security, turning the ball over 17 times in the victory over Georgia Tech. The turnovers allowed the Yellow Jackets to claw back into the game in the third quarter. Head coach Brenda Frese will look to have the Terps improve on ball security before Sunday’s matchup.
Through eight games this season, the Retrievers are giving up an average of 52.9 points per game, the second best scoring defense Maryland has faced all season only trailing Georgia. Maryland will need to limit UMBC’s free throw attempts, entering the game shooting at a 76.2 clip as a team.
Sophomore forward Janee’a Summers is the focal point of the Retriever offense with an average of 14.1 points per game. She has scored in double-figures seven of UMBC’s first eight games. Summers is also a 91 percent free throw shooter, the Terps will need to keep her off the charity strike throughout.
In addition to Summers, the junior guard duo of Te’yJah Oliver and Dominika Skrocka are the catalysts for the Retriver offense. Both are the second and third leading scorers on the roster providing a complement to Summers, who figures to be a key part of Frese’s defensive gameplan.
Maryland and UMBC will tip-off at 1:00 Sunday at the Xfinity Center.
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