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Maryland women’s basketball vs. Minnesota preview: Terps look for a win on senior day

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After a loss to Ohio State, Maryland is looking to send out Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones in style.

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Maryland women’s basketball is back at Xfinity Center Sunday as they take on Minnesota for senior day.

The Terps lost their second game of the season on Monday, 98-87 at Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 63.3 percent in the win, while the Terps shot a season-low 41.8 percent. Maryland dropped to No. 5 in the Coaches Poll following the loss.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough became the fifth Maryland player to reach 2,000 career points on and and-one in the third quarter, and also tied a season high of 29 points.

Despite losing control of the Big Ten race, the Terps can still clinch a share of the conference title with a win over the Golden Gophers, and would lock down a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament if Ohio State loses to Rutgers.

Minnesota gave Maryland trouble earlier this season, as the Terps escaped Williams Arena with an 83-72 win on Jan. 1. Maryland never trailed, but saw its lead shrink to one with 6:10 to go in the fourth quarter.

Following the game, Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones will have their jerseys honored in the rafters, becoming the 10th and 11th players and program history to do so.

Tip-off is set for noon ET and the game will be televised on BTN.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-14, 5-10)

2015-16 record: 20-12, 11-7

Head coach: Marlene Stollings has a 57-36 in three seasons in Minneapolis. She was previously the head coach at VCU and Winthrop.

Players to know

Carlie Wagner, junior, guard, 5’10, No. 33. Wagner leads Minnesota in scoring with 19.3 points per game and also averages 5.1 rebounds per game. She was All-Big Ten second team last season after averaging 18.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Kenisha Bell, redshirt sophomore, guard, 5’9, No. 23. The Marquette transfer averages 15.3 points per game and leads Minnesota with 5.1 assists per game. She was named All-Big East as a freshman and set the Golden Eagles freshman record for points, field goals, and free throws.

Gadiva Hubbard, freshman, guard, 5’9, No. 34. The freshman is third on the team in scoring, averaging 12 points per game. She did not play in the previous matchup.

Strength

Rebounding. The Gophers rank 8th in the country with 44.2 rebounds per game. The Terps only outrebounded Minnesota 42-38, which is impressive considering Maryland has the nation’s best rebounding margin at plus-16.1.

Weakness

Defense. The Gophers allow 73.5 points a game, which is second to last in the Big Ten. There are only 20 teams in Division I that allow more points.

Prediction

Maryland wins, 85-65.