Maryland Women at Clemson

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.

Records: No. 12 Terrapins 13-3, 1-1 ACC; Tigers 10-6, 1-2.

IN RESERVE: Sophomore guard Marah Strickland will miss her second straight game because of illness. Senior Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood and redshirt freshman Anjale Barrett filled in capably for her in the Terrapins' 68-65 loss at Duke on Monday: Their three-point shooting (a combined 5 of 6 in the final 13 minutes) helped spark Maryland's second-half comeback. Barrett finished with a career-high 10 points but, more impressively, had four assists and no turnovers against the Blue Devils' pressure.

ON THE REBOUND: The Terrapins were outrebounded 56-39 at Duke, and three Blue Devils -- Joy Cheek, Chante Black and Bridgette Mitchell -- combined for 21 offensive rebounds (five more than the entire Maryland team). But Duke is the top rebounding team in the ACC, and senior Marissa Coleman, one of Maryland's best rebounders, was slowed by leg cramps for much of the second half. Clemson, meantime, ranks last in the ACC in rebounds per game (37.8) and is one of three teams with a negative rebounding margin.

PROTECTING THEIR HOUSE: Maryland handed Clemson its worst loss in program history last season, 110-46 in College Park. But the Tigers have proven to be tough at home this season: Last week, they rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit against No. 2 North Carolina to take a 65-54 lead with five minutes remaining, before falling, 83-74. Junior Lele Hardy ranks among the ACC's top five in scoring (17.2 points), rebounding (8.9) and steals (4.2).

-- Camille Powell

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