No. 9 Maryland women’s basketball (10-1, 6-0 B1G) will finish a two-game road trip in Madison, Wisconsin as they take on the Badgers (3-7, 0-7 B1G) on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Terps are in the midst of a nine-game win streak and have won 23 consecutive Big Ten matchups. The most recent win came in Minnesota this past Thursday, 90-73.
It was an all-around effort in Minneapolis as four players reached double-digit points. Diamond Miller led all scorers with 23 points. Chloe Bibby chipped in 22 of her own to go along with nine rebounds. Katie Benzan made six threes on the night. Ashley Owusu had 11 points and dished out eight assists.
Owusu is the leading scorer for the Terps this season, but Head Coach Brenda Frese’s group certainly showed it has a hoist of players it can rely on to score. Although Owusu struggled to shoot the ball against the Gophers, she continued to control the tempo on offense and find her teammates open shots. Earlier this week, Owusu was named the Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week.
Maryland is continuing to put up historic offensive numbers. The Terps are averaging 93.7 points per game thus far, good for the second most in the country. The scoring record for Maryland is 89.6 points per game, which was achieved by the 1977-78 team. While Frese knows the kind of production she will get from her offense every night, she wants to see more consistency on the other end of the floor.
“We know we can score the basketball on the offensive end,” Frese said. “For us, the concern is now the defense and the rebounding.”
Maryland struggled defensively in the first half against Minnesota, allowing 43 points, but put together a more complete defensive performance in the final 20 minutes.
Wisconsin has struggled to start the year and has yet to win a game in the Big Ten. The Badgers are currently on a five-game losing streak. The last time these two teams met was in February, where the Terps won handily, 85-56.