A Look At UConn-Maryland II

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MARYLAND vs. UCONN

Site: Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Ct.

Time: 2:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, Doris Burke and Holly Rowe)

Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Bob Joyce, Debbie Fiske)

Series history: UConn, 1-0

Last meeting: UConn, 63-48, December 3, 2012, XL Center

Streaks:  UConn, W2 Maryland, W2

MARYLAND (25-7)

21 TIANNA HAWKINS, F, 6-3, Sr., 18.2 – Averaging 9.8 rebounds; shoots 54.9 percent

25 ALYSSA THOMAS, F, 6-2, Jr., 19.0 – Preseason first-team All-American, 178 assists.

13 ALICIA DeVAUGHN, C, 6-4, Jr., 8.4 – Has 30 blocks, shoots 58.6 percent from  field

40 KATIE RUTAN, G, 5-8, Jr., 9.6 – Leads team with 176 free throws this season

15 CHLOE PAVLECH, G, 5-9, Fr., 5.4 – Has 136 assists and 89 turnovers this season

4 MALINA HOWARD, C, 6-4, Fr., 6.9 – Veteran USA Basketball player averaging 24.6 minutes off bench

UCONN (31-4)

5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 3.5 – Returned to the starting lineup in NCAA opener against Idaho

23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 17.7 – UConn’s single-season  leader in three-point field goals (108)

31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., Finalist for the Wade Trophy

34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.1 – Fourth Husky to ever start for than 100 games straight

3 MORGAN TUCK, F, 6-2, Fr., 6.5  – Scored a career-high 18 points vs. Idaho in first round

14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 9.1 – Has scored double-figures in 4 of her last 6 games.

30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-4, Fr., 12.7 – Has scored 65 points in her last four games.

4 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, Fr., 4.5 – Scored a career-high 16 points in first round against Idaho

What to watch for

First time, tough time

This first ever match-up between Maryland and UConn came on n“Jimmy V” day last year. It was the first of a home-and-home that continues next season in College Park, Md. Terps’ coach Brenda Frese last week she would like to play UConn long-term, but with conference realignment so rampant it may not be feasible.

Playing short-handed

The Terps lost guard Laurin Mincy to an ACL injury early in the season. Maryland lost sophomore starting point guard Brene Moseley to a torn ACL in her left knee Oct. 21. But in Thomas and Hawkins they have two of the best post players in the nation.

National Accolades

Maryland coach Brenda Frese was named WBCA Regional Coach of the Year Wednesday and Thomas a finalist for the Wade Trophy, as were Dolson  and Mosqueda-Lewis.

Thomas, the ACC Player of the Year, is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 50 in points, rebounds and assists. She led the ACC in all three and recorded two triple-doubles this year.

This ia Maryland’s 21st NCAA Tournament, the ninth in Frese’s 11 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet 16s, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. UConn has been to 20 straight Sweet 16s and has not lost this game since 2005 when Stanford beat it, 76-59.

Battle tough

In their first meeting, Maryland played UConn extremely tough, holding the Huskies to just 23 field goals and out-rebounding it, 39-35. But the Huskies won the game with defensive pressure, forcing 26 turnovers while holding Thomas to 2-of-12 and six points in 36 minutes.

jaltavilla@courant.com

 

 

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5 thoughts on “A Look At UConn-Maryland II

  1. Kevin Cavanaugh

    UCONN has had incredible success against ACC teams and I expect Saturday to be no different.

    Even though UCONN has already beaten Maryland earlier this season, they better not take the probability of a victory too lightly.

    Maryland is a very good rebounding team – especially on the offensive board. To counter Maryland’s success in rebounding, I think UCONN could make one modest change to increase their rebounding potential. If Dolson is going to focus on the high post, then UCONN’s other big needs to hang in the paint – whether the other big is Stewart, Tuck, Stokes, or even Buck.

    My prediction: UCONN 87 – Maryland 78, with KML, Dolson, Stewie, Tuck and Faris in double figures.

    1. Steve Gee

      Kevin,
      I also like the 2-bigs in together. A combination of Stewie and Dolson crossing low and high through the lane(Tuck when one is out) and KMLs ability post-up and drag coverage through the paint should leave someone open, as long as they keep moving, and the high position remembers to screen for KML.

      I want them to impose their will inside before resorting to threes. However, the zone coverage may reverse that.
      And if that isn’t enough to wish for… I want to see Hartley put 4 good games together. In a row. Starting NOW.

      1. Kevin Cavanaugh

        What is the saying? – “Great minds…..”?

        I also like two bigs in – as long as one of them is inside. If Dolson is shooting a long jumper close to the 3 point line and Stewie is outside to the left or right, there is no big to get the rebound. That will not work with Maryland.

        Look how effective Dolson was against Stanford.

      2. The casual observer

        So Geno is not capable of making correct decisions and that he should do what you want him to do? You Geno haters are all alike.

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