After a difficult offseason for Maryland women’s basketball, the World University Games are finally here. The Terps are the Team USA representative in the event, which is for athletes around the world ages 17-24 who have been a student at a college or university within the past year.
Maryland will have almost its full roster for the tournament, as well as a few additions. The Terps will be without Eleanna Christinaki, who already played for Greece this summer in the 2017 European Women’s Basketball Championship and is not a U.S. citizen. However, Maryland added two players for the tournament: former center Malina Howard and Michigan State’s all-time leading scorer Tori Jankoska.
The Terps lost 83-73 to Taipei in a scrimmage Wednesday night, but rebounded with a 78-72 win over Australia one day later. Junior forward Brianna Fraser scored 20 and 23 points to lead all scorers in both exhibitions.
Maryland kicks off pool play against Uganda on Monday afternoon (or just past midnight in College Park). Team USA has gone 109-22 in the World University Games, winning nine golds, six silvers and one bronze medal.
How to watch
Uganda: Monday, Aug. 21, 12:30 a.m. ET, Hsinchu Municipal Gymnasium
Poland: Tuesday., Aug. 22, 12:30 a.m. ET, Basketball Gymnasium of Heping Elementary
Czech Republic: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m. ET, Basketball Gymnasium of Heping Elementary
Online streaming: There doesn’t appear to be a free streaming link right now, but the team did broadcast updates from its scrimmages on Periscope. The team site’s hub for the Games links to its Twitter account for streaming. Live stats are available on the University Games site.