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Maryland women's basketball vs. Michigan preview

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The Terps look to sweep the season series against the Wolverines.

Maryland women's basketball returns to the Xfinity Center Wednesday night to host Michigan. The two teams met earlier in the season, with the Terps squeaking out a 7-point victory on the road.

Maryland is coming off another close contest Sunday at Northwestern, in which the Terps opened up a 20-point lead in the first quarter but let the Wildcats climb back within 5. Brenda Frese's team will look to record an easy victory this time around.

Wednesday night's game will be Maryland's annual Play4Kay Pink Game for breast cancer awareness. The contest tips off at 7:00 EST and can be streamed on BTN Plus.

Michigan (15-10, 7-7 Big Ten)

The coach

Kim Barnes Arico boasts a 77-50 record in her four seasons at Michigan. She previously coached at St. John's for 10 seasons.

Players to know

Katelynn Flaherty, sophomore, guard, 5'7, No. 3. At 22.4 points per game, Flaherty is one of the best scoring guards in the country. She shoots a phenomenal 41.6 percent from three-point range and 86.5 percent from the foul line. She struggled in the first meeting with the Terps, going just 3-of-15 from downtown, but did pour in 23 points.

Hallie Thome, freshman, center, 6'5, No. 30. Thome has been a fixture in the low post for the Wolverines. She scores 14.4 points per game and also hauls in 5.3 boards. She's one of the few traditional centers in the conference, and should be a nuisance for Brionna Jones to deal with.

Siera Thompson, junior, guard, 5'7, No. 2. Thompson is averaging 9.3 points and 5.2 assists a night. She's started 90 of 94 games in her career, most on the team.

Strength

Three-point shooting. As a team, Michigan shoots a blistering 40 percent from downtown. Flaherty has taken more long-range shots than anyone, but four other Wolverines (Thompson, Madison Ristovski, Boogie Brozoski, Nicole Munger) shoot at least 2 threes a game and make at least 37 percent.

Weakness

Rim protection. The team averages 2.4 blocks per game, which is less than half as many as its opponents. However, they swatted 7 shots (Thome 5, Kelsey Mitchell 2) against Maryland. It'll be interesting to see if they revert back to normal on Wednesday.

Prediction

Maryland wins, 78-67.