Terps Set for Showdown vs. Duke

The Maryland women's basketball team prepares for a big showdown vs Duke tomorrow.

On Jan. 22, the No. 7 Maryland women's basketball team walked off the court empty-handed after coming up short in a comeback effort against No. 5 Duke in Durham.

That was nearly a month ago. Since then, the Terps have suffered a couple more losses while Duke has continued its undefeated run through the ACC. The Blue Devils are currently in first place at 13-0, 22-3 overall, while the Terrapins are tied for third place in the ACC with a 9-4 record.

This time around, the Terps get to face the Blue Devils at Comcast Center, and will be looking for a better result. The ACC currently boasts three teams in the Top 10 in No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Miami, and No. 7 Maryland, but the Terps are 0-3 so far against the aforementioned two and will be looking to finally grab a signature win.

With the ACC Tournament looming and only three games left on the schedule, a victory over Duke could also help the confidence of a Maryland team that has struggled at times in the ACC season after going 12-0 in non-conference play. It was only a week ago that the Terrapins suffered a last-second loss to Miami at home after they failed to do the little things at the end.

We just have to get back to playing Maryland basketball,” senior Lynetta Kizer said after that game.

The Terps appeared to do just that with a strong road win over Virginia on Thursday night, but the Blue Devils will provide perhaps Maryland's' biggest test yet on Sunday in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Duke is led by star freshman Elizabeth Williams, who averages 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. The Blue Devils also feature four other players who average over 10 points a game, making them difficult to slow down offensively. However, on Sunday Duke will be without the services of starting forward Richa Jackson, whom the school announced tore her ACL in a game earlier this week. Jackson scored 11 points against the Terps back in that January game.

With only three games left, the clock on the regular season is ticking, and the Terrapins know what they need to do to close out strong.

“We've just got to play hard, stay focused, and play tough defense, because we know these are going to be a tough three games for us,” said Alyssa Thomas.

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