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Maryland women’s basketball vs. Mount St. Mary’s preview

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The Terps look to extend their win streak against an in-state foe.

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Maryland women’s basketball returns to the Xfinity Center for the first time in two weeks when it hosts Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday night.

The Terps capped a four-game road trip with a 75-54 win over Akron on Saturday. Ohio native Kristen Confroy had an excellent game in front of her friends and family, finishing with 23 points and nine rebounds. Kaila Charles added 23 points and 14 rebounds, and was named to the Big Ten Honor Roll after notching a double-double against the Zips and hitting the go-ahead layup against Virginia on Wednesday.

Maryland is still 15th in the AP Poll, which is where it was at the beginning of the season.

Mount St. Mary’s has struggled to start the season, and picked up its first win against Loyola (Maryland) on Saturday. The Mountaineers have already faced one ranked opponent this season, falling at Notre Dame, 121-65, in their season opener.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be streamed on BTN Plus.

Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (1-6)

2016-17 record: 12-18, 10-8 NEC

Head coach Maria Marchesano is in her first season as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s. She spent the last season as the associate head coach at IUPUI, and helped lead the team to its most wins in program history and a WNIT berth. Marchesano was previously the head coach at Division II Urbana University and Walsh University.

Players to know

Kayla Agentowicz, sophomore, guard, 5’9, No. 21. Agentowicz has been a solid scorer so far in 2017, averaging 13.6 points per game in 50 percent shooting, including 45 percent from three-point range. Maryland has limited the leading scorer of most mid-major it’s played, so Agentowicz should have her hands full Wednesday night.

Ashlee White, sophomore, guard, 5’5, No. 10. White is averaging 10.6 points and three rebounds per game. She’s also a threat from behind the three-point line, shooting nearly 35 percent from distance. White was named to the All-NEC freshman team last year after averaging 6.4 points per game.

Katrice Dickson, senior, guard/forward, 5’9, No. 11. Dickson is averaging a career-high 10 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. As a starter last year, she averaged 7.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Strength

Three-point shooting. Mount St. Mary’s shoot 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. It has two players who shoot greater than 35 percent from long range, and another who’s just percentage points away. If they even want to think about competing against Maryland, the Mountaineers are going to have to hit outside shots.

Weakness

Just about everything else. There’s a reason The Mount is off to a 1-6 start. It’s struggled on both ends of the floor, and Maryland should have no problem in this one.

Prediction

Maryland wins, 95-50.