The last time No. 7 Maryland and Nebraska met in Lincoln, head coach Brenda Frese made history earning her 500th career victory, an honor no Maryland head coach had accomplished before. Playing some of their best basketball of the season, the Terps (22-2 11-2 B1G) enter this game having won seven straight all by double-figures. The Terps most recently defeated No. 20 Rutgers 62-48 in Piscataway on Sunday.
Last time both teams faced off, offensive balance propelled Maryland to the 81-63 victory with four different players finishing in double-figures. Junior guard Kaila Charles led all scorers with 19 points, and was just named to the Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason Team. Charles has been Maryland’s offensive leader all season, and will look to continue her strong play against the Cornhuskers.
Nebraska (11-13, 6-7 B1G) has struggled defensively all season, something the Terps took advantage of in their previous meeting. Maryland shot 51.6 percent from the field overall, finding open opportunities, particularly from behind the arc where they shot 58.8 percent. The guard duo of freshman Taylor Mikesell and junior Blair Watson are Maryland’s leaders from behind the arc, showcasing the ability to shoot from the perimeter at all angles.
Sophomore guard Channise Lewis was vital to Maryland’s success the last time both teams faced off, with nine assists, one of her highest totals of the season. Lewis found her teammates all over the floor both on the interior and the perimeter.
However, if Maryland wants to ensure their winning streak extends to eight, perimeter defense will be a point of emphasis. Junior guard Taylor Kissinger is leading the Big Ten in three point shooting percentage at 43.6 percent. Mikesell, Lewis and the rest of the Maryland guards will need to locate Kissinger on the floor at all times, ensuring to contest all of her perimeter attempts. In their last meeting, Kissinger shot a measly 25 percent from the field.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m at the Xfinity Center Thursday, the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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