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Preview: No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball prepares for tough test against No. 11 Michigan

By Jack Parry

On Sunday night,  No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball will look to add another conference win to its record as the Terps prepare to face off against the dangerous No. 11 Michigan Wolverines.

The Terps are coming off of an impressive 87-73 win away from home against Minnesota which was highlighted by all five of their starters scoring in double digits. 

The most impressive performance came from Chloe Bibby, who had a season high 23 points on 9-12 shooting from the field, while also contributing with 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block to cap off her dazzling day.

“We’ve been able to, you know, give our bodies a little bit of rest and you know watch a little bit of film… we’re ready for a high intensity game,” Bibby said.

Complementing Bibby’s performance, Angel Reese had yet another double double against the Golden Gophers last Sunday, putting up 19 points and 10 rebounds including six offensive boards.

Reese will have a lot to handle on the defensive side of the ball Sunday as she matches up against the star of the Wolverines, Naz Hillmon. The All-American junior forward has been on a tear this season, averaging 23.9 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per game. 

Maryland head coach Brenda Frese mentioned how hard it is to play defense against Hillmon while also protecting against perimeter scoring.

“We’re all going to collectively have to do a really good job defensively between the attention that Naz [Hillmon] attracts as well as you know being able to get out there off the ball. They do a really good job inside out, so we’re really gonna have to be extremely active defensively.”

The Wolverines are coming off of a 74-57 domination of Penn State, in which Hillmon scored over 20 points again. 

Michigan will try to defeat the Terps for the first time in almost four years at 5 p.m. on Sunday, back home at the Xfinity Center.

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