Maryland women’s basketball’s biggest non-conference game now has a start time. The Terps will tip-off against South Carolina Nov. 18 in Columbia at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The matchup is the back end of a home-and-home series between the two schools that was announced just weeks after the Gamecocks won the national championship in 2017. South Carolina defeated Maryland 94-86 at Xfinity Center last year, holding off the Terps after they cut a 26-point third quarter lead down to three in the final minute.
Both teams should be in the top 25 again for the matchup, though they will enter the season with differing expectations. Maryland returns four of its top five scorers, three of whom were sophomores, while South Carolina has experience but has to replace National Player of the Year A’ja Wilson. Wilson was a one-woman wrecking crew against the Terps last year, posting a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds.
Even without Wilson, the Gamecocks will still have a huge home-court advantage. South Carolina averaged 13,239 fans per game last year, which was the highest mark in Division I by over 3,000 fans. That makes the game even tougher for a Maryland team that will be playing its fourth game in 10 days and going on its first real road trip of the season. Maryland plays at George Washington on Nov. 14, but Foggy Bottom is about half an hour from College Park.
The Terps open their 2018-19 season on Nov. 9 against Coppin State.
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