After taking a break for final exams, Maryland women’s basketball returns to the court Wednesday for one final non-conference game at Coppin State.
The Terps are currently on an eight-game winning streak and decimated Loyola, 114-45, in their most recent game. Maryland had a program-record 37 assists in the win, and Blair Watson set a new career high with 24 points. The Terps committed a season low six turnovers, including none in both the first and third quarter.
This will be the first game for Eleanna Christinaki in a Maryland uniform since transferring from Florida. The junior hasn’t played a college basketball game in over a year, but spent time with the Greek national team this summer and fall. She helped lead Greece to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 FIBA EuroBasket in July and competed in qualifiers for the 2019 EuroBasket in November.
Christinaki was an SEC all-freshman selection in 2016-17, and was averaging 17.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and three assists per game before transferring to Maryland last winter.
“Dec. 20 will be my Christmas present when she becomes eligible,” Frese said about Christinaki before the season. “She’s very similar to a Kaila Charles in that she wants the responsibility. She’s a big dominant scoring guard and she can pass, she can shoot, she can penetrate.”
Coppin State is off to a 1-10 start and lost to VCU, 62-47, on Monday night. The Eagles have played three power conference opponents, and have lost those contests by over 42 points a game.
Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, and the game will be streamed here.
Coppin State Eagles (1-10)
Head coach DeWayne Burroughs is 9-31 in two seasons at Coppin State. Before coming to Coppin State, he had numerous stops as an assistant coach and was the head coach at multiple Baltimore-area high schools. Burroughs played baseball at Coppin State, and was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in 2015.
Players to know
Genesis Lucas, redshirt senior, guard, 5’7, No. 2. Lucas leads the Eagles in scoring with 18 points a game. She’s capable of filling up the box score, but it can take a while as she shoots 30 percent of the field.
Chance Graham, sophomore, center, 5’11, No 23. Graham averages 12.4 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. She’s had at least six rebounds in every game this season, and had a double-double against Baylor in Coppin State’s season opener.
Free throw shooting. The Eagles shoot a MEAC high 74.7 percent from the foul line, which is nearly four percent higher than Maryland’s 71 percent.
Everything else. Coppin State averages just 53.6 points per game and has been outscored by an average of nearly 22 points. The Terps should have no trouble in this one.
Maryland wins, 98-50.