Maryland Women's Basketball vs. UNC Asheville in Terrapin Classic

Monday, December 29, 2008

Monday: Mississippi State vs. Marshall, noon; Maryland vs. UNC Asheville, 2 p.m.

Tuesday: UNC Asheville vs. Mississippi State/Marshall, noon; Maryland vs. Mississippi State/Marshall, 2 p.m.

Where: Comcast Center.

Records: (MSU) Lady Bulldogs 10-0; Thundering Herd 6-4; No. 14 Terrapins 9-2; Bulldogs 3-7.

STRICKLAND BACK: Sophomore guard Marah Strickland practiced with the team on Saturday and is expected to play today, according to a Maryland spokesman. Strickland, who is averaging 8.3 points per game, missed the Terrapins' 74-65 win at Old Dominion on Dec. 21 because she was "taking care of some personal matters," Coach Brenda Frese said.

HOSTS WITH THE MOST: Maryland, which is playing its first game at home since Nov. 23, has not lost a game in the Terrapin Classic since Nov. 30, 2002, when it fell to Rhode Island, 70-64, in Frese's first season. The Terrapins have won their past 10 games in the event by an average margin of 29.6 points. They have three final tune-ups this week -- today, tomorrow and at Richmond on Saturday -- before they begin ACC play.

HOMECOMING: UNC Asheville, picked to finish fifth in the Big South, is 0-3 on the road and averaged just 40.7 points in those three games. Senior Ana Baker (Arundel) and sophomore Kendall Shepard (Northwestern) start in the back court for the Bulldogs. Baker averages 5.3 assists per game, which would be tops in the conference if she had played in enough games to qualify (she missed three games due to an ankle injury).

BULLISH: As of yesterday, Mississippi State was one of eight remaining unbeaten teams in the country. The Lady Bulldogs, who were picked to finish ninth in the Southeastern Conference, won their first 10 games by an average of 28.7 points. Junior Armelie Lumanu, one of three players from Congo on the roster, leads the team with 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Marshall is 1-3 in its past four games.

-- Camille Powell

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