There’s a really important game in College Park Thursday. Maryland women’s basketball is hosting UConn, the nation’s top team and the four-time defending national champion.
The No. 4 Terps have wins over No. 8 Louisville and No. 18 Arizona State, but winning this would define the team’s whole regular season. UConn hasn’t lost since November 2014. The Huskies beat Maryland by 10 last year in Madison Square Garden; the rematch will be in front of a sellout Xfinity Center crowd.
Maryland can actually win this game. Center Brionna Jones is an incredibly tough matchup for Geno Auriemma’s slightly undersized team, and he said as much last year after she scored 24 points at the Garden. The Terps also have one of the nation’s best all-around players in Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and a talented supporting cast that can give teams fits.
What I’m saying is, you should watch.
All-time series: UConn leads 4-0
How to watch
Thursday, Dec. 29, 6 p.m. ET, College Park
Radio: Maryland Sports Network - 1300 AM (Baltimore), 570 AM (Washington)
In other news
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Remember the Quick Lane Bowl with Maryland and BC? It had cable's 4th biggest audience Monday (3.019M viewers) to MFN, MNF pre and MNF post.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) December 28, 2016
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