The No. 2 Maryland Terrapins ought to feel great about themselves today. They are coming off a three-point Sunday win versus a seasonal nationwide power in Baylor, who was ranked No. 6 at the time.
The last time the Terps beat a seasonal power or a Top 10 group was on Nov. 18, 2018 when they beat No. 10 South Carolina, a group that was one year eliminated from its championship game. There is an intimidation aspect when you play a group like Baylor and Maryland surpassed that on Sunday. It’s helpful for the Terps’ star gamer and leader Ashley Owusu to have actually experienced a win like that for the very first time.
Maryland ought to likewise feel great understanding that the win came without Katie Benzan (health problem) and Faith Masonius (health problem) and with Diamond Miller not readily available late. Benzan is the very best 3-point shooter in the country and balanced 12.7 points per video game in 2015. She was a substantial missing out on piece. Masonius is as strong a function gamer as you will discover in the nation and offers the Terps depth. And then naturally Miller belongs to the preseason All-Big Ten group. So Maryland actually might have been more dominant versus Baylor if it was entirely healthy.
It’s great to be feeling great when you have the exceptionally hard schedule that Maryland has ahead of it. The intimidating slate will advance Thanksgiving Day when it deals with the No. 5 NC State Wolfpack in the Bahamas for the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship. The Terps will then deal with safeguarding nationwide champ Stanford (No. 7) on Saturday as part of the exact same competition.
NC State is more skilled than Baylor on paper and likewise played No. 1 South Carolina 7 points more detailed than a crammed UConn group did. Maryland will have its hands complete with ACC preseason Player of the Year Elissa Cunane along with Jakia Brown-Turner, who was an All-America respectable reference in 2015. The Wolfpack likewise have a gifted Rutgers transfer in Diamond Johnson and effect returners in Raina Perez, Kayla Jones and Kai Crutchfield.
Unsurprisingly, the group with the very best offense in the country a year earlier, Maryland, is balancing 7.4 more points than NC State. Terp leading scorer Angel Reese is all the method up at 19 points per video game, consisting of a 17-point efficiency versus Baylor that showed she wasn’t simply controling lower competitors. Owusu, Mimi Collins, Benzan, Shyanne Sellers and Chloe Bibby sign up with Reese in double figures for Maryland. Cunane (14.4 points per video game) is the Wolfpack’s leading scorer and just she, Brown-Turner and Johnson remain in double figures. However, NC State does have a bit more scoring depth than the Terps.
The Wolfpack have the one loss to South Carolina, however have 2 persuading wins over Power 5 groups in Florida and Kansas State. We’ll see if they can transform the momentum of a four-game winning streak into a triumph over Maryland. It would be tough to call it an upset if that does take place since these groups were neck and neck on paper to begin the season with Maryland ranked No. 4 and NC State ranked No. 5.
We’ll likewise see if Miller plays and how efficient she will be if she does. She left the Baylor video game, hopping, in the 3rd quarter. A knee injury kept her out of the Terps’ very first 4 video games of the season. Hopefully Benzan and Masonius will be great to go, however Maryland showed on Sunday that they have adequate firepower to beat extremely ranked groups when not at complete strength.
No. 5 NC State (4-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. No. 2 Maryland (6-0, 0-0 Big 10)
When: Thursday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. ET
Where: Baha Mar Convention Center in Nassau, the Bahamas
How to watch/listen: FloHoops/GoPack All-Access
Key to the match: NC State’s defense. The Wolfpack need to make this a low-scoring video game. Baylor ascertained to the 70s and almost won. Maryland wishes to reside in the 80s and 90s and it will be difficult to beat it if it arrives. All offenses, even the excellent ones, are vulnerable to lulls and NC State requires to make certain the Terps fall under some. Owusu is going to hesitate to shoot 3s so the Wolfpack might offer her some area, however you need to take care that she does not beat you on those long 2s she is so proficient at. Another thing is that Cunane will have the height benefit over Maryland’s bigs (Reese and Collins) and might have the ability to interrupt them in the paint.