No. 14 Maryland women’s basketball hosts Towson in home opener

Photo Courtesy to Kevin Bires

After a challenging road trip at the Beach Bubble Showcase facing off against two ranked opponents, the No. 14 Terps (2-1) are set to make their home debut at Xfinity center Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. against Towson (2-0).

The Terps were an impressive 14-1 last season at home as their only loss came to the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks, 63-54. 

In Estero, Florida, the Terps defeated Davidson 92-74 last Friday in the season opener before suffering their first loss to No. 21 Missouri State 81-72 on Saturday. 

However, after a quick turnaround the Terps came out with vengeance and unleashed a record-setting performance against the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks as they scored  the most points against a ranked opponent in Big Ten history, winning 115-96.

Freshmen guard Angel Reese and graduate transfer, guard Katie Benzan, earned their first honors from the Big Ten Conference Monday. Reese was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the week with fellow five-star recruit Caitlin Clark a guard for Iowa. Meanwhile, Benzan was named to the Big Ten Player of the week Honor Roll.

Entering as a freshman with lofty expectations, Reese showed her diverse skill set on a national stage replicating much of the production head coach Brenda Frese and the team witnessed in practice.

During the Beach Bubble tournament, Reese averaged 17 points per game along with 8.7 rebounds. She also shot 56.3% from the field and finished with six blocks. As a result of her impressive performances, Reese was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team. 

In addition to Reese, Benzan showed off her scoring touch as well as she averaged 19 points per game and was named the Gulf Coast Showcase MVP. Benzan caught fire from beyond the arc, hitting 13 threes, while shooting 50% from deep and 55% from the field.

As the Terps look to extend their winning streak to two games, Saturday’s originally scheduled game against Coppin State at 1:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 test among Coppin State personnel. In the meantime, the Terps are searching for a new opponent to potentially play on either Dec. 6 or Dec. 10.