The Delaware State women's basketball team (3-4, 0-1 MEAC) will tipoff a three-game road swing, its longest of the season, beginning with national powerhouse No. 8 Maryland (9-1) Saturday evening (7 p.m.) at the Comcast Center.
» No. 8 Maryland Terrapins (9-1, 0-0 ACC)
The Terps enter Saturday's contest as winners of seven consecutive games. Maryland's lone loss of the season, meanwhile, occurred on Nov.15 at home against No. 1 UConn, 72-55.
Offensively, UM possesses a balanced attack with seven players averaging at least seven points per game, led by National Player of the Year candidate, forward Alyssa Thomas (16.5 ppg). Thomas also leads the Terps in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and steals (17). In the UM's previous game, which resulted in a 105-49 victory at home over Siena, Thomas recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
On the defensive end, as a team, Maryland is holding its opponents to 36 percent shooting and 58.5 points per game.
» The Head Coach: In her 13th season, Brenda Frese has been stellar throughout her tenure at UM, which includes winning the National Championship in 2006 and two ACC titles. Before coming to Maryland, Frese was named the 2002 Associated Press (AP) National Coach of the Year in her lone season at Minnesota.
» The Series: Delaware State is 0-3 all-time against Maryland. In each meeting, the Terps were ranked in the Top 25 and won each game by double figures. The last time these two programs met, the Lady Hornets fell 108-33 on Dec. 8, 2011.
A Win Would Mean…
» DSU's second consecutive road win of the season.
» The Lady Hornets would avoid losing back-to-back games for a second time this season.
» Delaware State's first win over a Top 25 ranked squad in team history.
Last Time Out…
The Lady Hornets were denied its third consecutive victory last Saturday at home against MEAC foe Coppin State, 80-75, in what was the first conference game for both squads.
Unfortunately for DSU, leading scorer (23 ppg) and rebounder (9.4 rpg) went down with shoulder injury at the 11:02 mark and did not return.
At game's end, the Eagles outrebounded DSU, 53-29, despite committing 28 turnovers, compared to DSU's 13. Coppin State also added 21 second-chance points, to go along with shooting 76 percent (33-for-43) from the line.
In the scoring column, forward Kyra Coleman finished with a game-high 27 points (8-of-14) with 11 coming from the free throw line (11-of-16). In addition, Coleman added 11 boards, whereas forward Larissa Carter tallied 20 points (6-of-13) and a game-high 15 rebounds. Carter also shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Delaware State's highest point getter was guard Raven Bankston with 21 points on a tough 7-for-21 (.333) performance from the field. Guard/forward Deanna Harmon, on the other hand, finished the afternoon tying a season-high 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting (.750).
Bankston Earns Second MEAC Rookie of the Week Award of 2013-14
On Monday, guard Raven Bankston garnered her second MEAC Rookie of the Week honors this season, after averaging 19.5 points per contest in two games for DSU last week.
In DSU's thrilling 90-83 overtime victory at home over George Mason, Bankston was one of four players to score in double figures as she poured in 18 points (6-of-15).
Despite the Lady Hornets' 80-75 loss at home to Coppin State, the Detroit, Mich. native, scored a team-high 21 points (7-of-21), including a 5-for-6 (.833) output from the charity stripe.
Earlier in the season on Nov. 11, Bankston earned the award, after totaling 18 points (8-of-12), including 2-for-3 (.666) beyond the arc, five rebounds and a steal in DSU's season opening loss at Old Dominion.
With this feat, Bankston is the first Hornet to earn this recognition twice in a season since Tierra Hawkins garnered the award three times during the 2011-12 season, as she went on to be named MEAC Rookie of the Year.
Moving Up the Career List
Despite DSU's recent loss to Coppin State, senior Deanna Harmon moved into a two-way tie with Kimberly Koonce for seventh (226) on DSU's all-time assist list.
Through Seven Games Last Season…
Delaware State was 2-5 overall and 1-1 in MEAC action, coming off a 55-42 loss at NJIT.
Coming Up Next…
The Lady will head to West Virginia for back-to-back games next week, beginning with the Mountaineers on Wednesday (7 p.m.), followed by Marshall on Saturday (12 p.m.).