After losing to the UConn Huskies on Sunday, things don’t get much easier for McGuff’s team since they travel to College Park, MD to play the University of Maryland Terrapins as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins are 7-1, their only loss coming to UConn.
Here’s a profile on the University of Maryland
School: University of Maryland
Location: College Park, MD
Student Population: 26,487
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: ACC (for now)
Arena: Comcast Center
Head Coach: Brenda Frese
University of Maryland
The 8th ranked Terrapins are on a five-game winning streak and are averaging 81 points per game, while allowing 60 per game. They are winning frequently and convincingly. They are led by Alyssa Thomas at 16 PPG and S Walker-Kimbrough at 10.3 PPG. Thomas also, by far, leads the Terps in rebounding with 11.1 per game.
Coach Frese goes with a fairly big lineup; both guards (Brown and Rutan) are 5’9″ and the front line goes 6’2″ (Thomas), 6’4″ (DeVaughn) and 6’4″ (Howard). Alyssa Thomas is the linchpin of this offense as the leading scorer and rebounder. In fact, she has been the Terrapins’ leading scorer in 6 of their 8 games, and leading rebounder in 7 of those. Thomas is also Maryland’s “leading” shooter, whose 100 FG attempts are far more than the next Terps player, G Lexi Brown 60 attempts. Obviously, Alyssa Thomas is a very active player, and considering Maryland’s other tall players, will be a match-up challenge.
There is a bit of an Ohio connection with this team. C Malina Howard is from Twinsburg, OH and G Chloe Pavlech is from Cincinnati.
Here is the University of Maryland:
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes (6-3) are coming off a tough loss to a taller, more athletic team, especially in the front line. The Huskies’ tall front line literally took Ashley Adams out of the game, she played 8 of a possible 40 minutes, thus “shortening” OSU’s lineup quite a bit. On the plus side, the Buckeyes’ perimeter defense did seem to improve and the team scrapped and contested shots/passes for the entire game.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
The UConn game was a good learning experience for the inexperienced Buckeyes, Coach McGuff and the fans. It pointed out areas that need improving if Ohio State is to move into the national conversation. Wednesday’s game against Maryland will present a similar challenge as the UConn game did, with Ohio State going against a tall, talented front line.
In the “common opponent” comparison, the Terrapins’ only loss was a 72-55 loss to UConn, where Maryland also had 9 shots blocked and also scored 17 points in a half (2nd). This game can either be very close, too close to call, or a repeat of Sunday’s outcome. Either way, this is another good road test against a top ranked team.
The game is this Wednesday, tipping off at 7:00 PM EST in the Comcast Center at College Park Maryland. The game can be followed on radio 1460 AM.