It's been a while since the Maryland women's basketball team has gone down to Durham and pulled off a win. In fact, Monday night's game, part of ESPN's Big Monday, will mark the six-year anniversary of the last time the Terps accomplished that feat. To head coach Brenda Frese, the date has even more meaning, and that win came as sort of a pseudo-baby shower gift from her team, as she gave birth to her twin sons, Tyler and Markus, that same day.
Well, the birthday party might have to wait a little bit this year, because this game carries with it a lot of weight. For starters, both teams rank in the top 10 in the national polls, which always makes for an exciting matchup in college hoops. Secondly, Duke won both meetings last season between these two teams, so you know Maryland has had that in the back of their mind all season. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this is the last matchup between two conference rivals before Maryland heads to the Big Ten.
Maryland has had a great season so far but looked a little shaky at the end of January, when they lost three games in a row. Since then, they have won four ACC games in a row by an average margin of 35 points. The Terps certainly seem like they mean business coming down the stretch, and will look to capitalize on a Duke team that has also enjoyed an excellent season but has looked vulnerable recently, losing two of its last three games.
Rankings and records: Both teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally. At the time of this writing, Maryland sits at No. 9 in the latest polls, with an 20-4 (8-3 ACC) record, and Duke at No. 7 with a record of 22-3 (9-2). The all-time series between these two bitter rivals is tight, with Duke holding a slight edge 40-39.
Vegas: No line yet
How to witness
Date, time and location: Monday, February 17, 2014. 7:00 PM. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); Flagships - WJZ-FM (105.7) / WJZ-AM (1300) / ESPN 980 (D.C.) / 570 AM (D.C.); WMUC Sports
Online streaming: WatchESPN