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Maryland women’s basketball vs. Duquesne preview: Terps hit the road with finals over

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It’s a homecoming for Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

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Maryland women’s basketball is back in action Wednesday night, as the No. 4 Terps travel to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne. It’s the team’s first contest in nine days, and Maryland won’t play again until hosting UConn on Dec. 29.

This contest is all about senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, for whom it will be a homecoming of sorts. Walker-Kimbrough is from Aliquippa, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, and has been nothing short of spectacular for the Terps in her career. She’s played in a pair of Final Fours and made two All-Big Ten teams. Her 16.5 points per game are currently second on the team behind fellow senior Brionna Jones, and she also averages 3.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals, all with a superb .583/.432/.848 shooting line. This game allows her to play in front of friends and family from the area, an opportunity Jones got in Baltimore against Loyola.

Duquesne is a well-respected program that won 28 games and reached the second round of the tournament last season, where they ran into the high-powered buzzsaw that some call “Connecticut” and lost by 46. However, this year’s team is just 6-6, with double-digit losses to Ohio, Charlotte and Fordham. The Dukes lost by a seemingly respectable 20 to Ohio State, but that was the margin at halftime. Without last year’s top two scorers (notably super point guard April Robinson), things haven’t been as easy.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. and should be available on live stream here.

Duquesne Dukes (6-6, 0-1 Atlantic 10)

2015-16 record: 28-6, 13-3 A-10

Head coach: Dan Burt is in his fourth year as a head coach; he’s been with the program since 2007. Burt’s team improved in each of his first three years, jumping from 20 wins to 23 to a program-record 28, although this year’s team has already matched last season’s loss total.

Players to know

Chassidy Omogrosso, sophomore, guard, 5’4, No. 2. Leads the team with 14.8 points per game. She made the conference’s all-rookie team last year, when she made 18 starts. Omogrosso is a high-volume shooter from deep—5.8 threes attempted per game—but makes them at a 36.9 percent clip.

Amadea Szamosi, senior, forward, 6’3, No. 15. A third-year starter who averages 11.8 points to go along with a team-high 9.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. She can stretch the floor a little bit, although her shooting percentages are generally down from last season. Szamosi was a highly-touted junior player in Europe before coming over.

Kadri-Ann Lass, sophomore, forward, 6’3, No. 42. Another international find from Burt’s staff, Lass has started every game since she arrived on campus. She’s averaging 10.4 points, 5.1 boards and a team-leading 1.5 blocks. Lass is an impressive 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) from three.

Strength

Rebounding. The Dukes are plus-4.2 on the boards this season, and that’s even more impressive when considering their strong schedule. Having two 6’3 forwards definitely helps. Of course, Maryland is absurdly dominant in this department, with a plus-18.7 margin that ranks second in the nation.

Weakness

Two-point shooting. Duquesne is shooting a stunningly bad 37.6 percent from inside the three-point line. The Dukes are decent from beyond that line (33.3 percent), but somehow it doesn’t get much easier as they get closer to the basket.

Prediction

Maryland wins, 87-61.