By Jack Parry
With a very promising season predicted to be ahead for Maryland women’s basketball, the fourth-ranked Terps are set to take on the Villanova Wildcats at Xfinity Center in their second game of the season on Friday evening.
Coach Brenda Frese’s squad is coming off of a comfortable season opening 30-point victory against the Longwood Lancers, 97-67. The game featured a big performance from Angel Reese, who had a double double with 14 rebounds to go along with 21 points.
Her brother, Julian Reese, made his freshman debut for Maryland men’s basketball later that day, scoring 11 points and grabbing 7 boards in its win against Quinnipiac.
The season opener also featured valiant performances from junior Ashley Owusu and redshirt junior Mimi Collins. Both Terps put up 16 points to continue their form from last year’s impressive season, while freshman Shyanne Sellers posted 17 points off the bench on 7 of 12 shooting from the field to start her Maryland career off with a bang.
The visiting Wildcats are coming off of a considerable opening-day loss to Princeton, who beat them, 59-42. Villanova has started this season off unranked, but is still looking to make an impact against a ranked opponent as the Wildcats don’t face another until #14 Oregon State on December 12th.
The Terps will look to shut down sophomore forward Maddy Siegrist, who was the Wildcats’ leading scorer last year averaging 22.8 points per game. The Terps will also look to limit the impact of Brianna Herlihy, a returning graduate student who was Villanova’s second-leading scorer last season.
The Terps had a tough time early in their game against Longwood, with both teams tying at the end of the quarter putting up a total of 21 points each. In order to cement themselves as a powerhouse in the Big Ten, they’ll look to improve on their early starts.
The Terps are also waiting on the emergence of Chloe Bibby, who had an inefficient first game on Tuesday. After transferring last year from Mississippi State, the fifth year senior had a great season last year as the Terps’ third leading scorer with 13.2 points per game and earning an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
Bibby only managed to score two points against Lockwood, well under her usual clip, and will look to bounce back as the Terps’ season gets rolling.
The game is set to start at 7pm at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.