COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The sixth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team will welcome Wake Forest to Comcast Center Thursday night for a 7 p.m. matchup in the Terrapins’ ACC home opener. The Terps (13-1, 1-0 ACC) will look to win their 16th straight over the Demon Deacons (9-5, 0-1) and 12th straight game this year.
Thursday’s game will be shown live online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium. Live stats will be available and live updates will be at https://twitter.com/umdwbb. Fans can purchase four tickets for $14 by visiting the online promotions page on umterps.com and entering the promo code ‘2K14.’ For tickets, contact the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or at umterps.com.
The Terrapins are coming off of a 79-70 win at No. 10 North Carolina Sunday. National Player of the Year candidate Alyssa Thomas led the Terrapins with her 13th straight double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 16 points, redshirt senior Katie Rutan had 14 and freshman Lexie Brown scored 12 with six assists.
Walker-Kimbrough was voted ACC Rookie of the Week Monday for the second straight week. She has scored in double figures in 11 of 14 games and the last five straight. She is averaging 11.4 points per game and is among the league’s top scorers. She is shooting 53.6 percent from outside the arc, which is good for second in the conference.
Thomas leads the nation in double-doubles (13) and triple-doubles (12) and leads the ACC in rebounding (11.4). Maryland leads the ACC and is second in the nation with its rebounding margin of +15.6. The Terps are second only to Liberty (+17.0). The Terps are top 10 in the country in scoring offense (86.4), field goal percentage (48.7%), scoring margin (+29.0) and assists (20.2).
Wake’s Dearica Hamby and Chelsea Douglas lead the ACC in scoring with 21.0 and 20.1 points per game, respectively. The Terrapins won all three matchups with the Demon Deacons last year. In the last matchup, Maryland won 92-81 in overtime in the ACC Quarterfinals. Thomas led the way with a career-high 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for her second career triple-double.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press and in the USA Today Coaches polls.
After Thursday’s game, Maryland will welcome Syracuse (11-3, 0-1) Jan. 16 at 8:30 p.m. in College Park. The Terps-Orange matchup will be shown on RSN, which includes Comcast SportsNet locally. For tickets, log on to the Terrapin Ticket Office online at umterps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.