After being tested against Washington State, No. 5 Maryland women’s basketball faces its toughest test of the season tonight at Louisville.
The Terps went back and forth with the Cougars for three quarters, but pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 79-69 win. Brionna Jones had her best performance of the season, putting up 20 points and 20 rebounds to become the first Maryland player to have a 20-20 game since 2008.
Louisville comes into this game ranked No. 7 in the country, and will be the second ranked team the Terps will play this season. The Cardinals are led by Jeff Walz, who coached under Brenda Frese at both Minnesota and Maryland.
This game is part of the ACC/Big Ten Women’s Challenge, which Maryland has an 8-1 record in since its inception in 2007.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is not on TV, but will be on ACC Network Extra through the WatchESPN app.
No. 5 Maryland: 6-0
No. 7 Louisville: 6-1
Last time they played: 2014 Elite Eight. The Terps were up 12 with 2:03 left, but the Cardinals made a furious rally to cut the lead to two with five seconds left. Alyssa Thomas made a free throw to push the lead back out to three, and then Shoni Schimmel missed a potential game-tying three-pointer, sealing a 76-73 win for Maryland and its first Final Four since 2006.
Thomas had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Lexie Brown added 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
How to watch
Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.