GAME FACTS – Maryland at Louisville
Date: Thursday, Dec. 1
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center (22,000), Louisville, Ky.
Television: ACC Network Extra will broadcast the game, with Don Russell (play-by-play) and Sara White (analyst) calling the action.
Radio: WKRD 790 AM will broadcast the game, with Nick Curran (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Series History: Maryland leads the all-time series 2-1 (1-0 in Louisville, 1-0 in College Park, 0-1 in neutral). Maryland defeated Louisville 76-73 on April 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
Next UofL Game: Sunday, Dec. 14 vs. No. 17 Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky., 2 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra)
No. 7 Louisville prepares to take on its second-consecutive top-five opponent, when it faces No. 5 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday in the KFC Yum! Center at 7 p.m.
The Dec. 1 game will air on ACC Network Extra, with Don Russell (play-by-play) and Sara White (analyst) on the call. Louisville’s radio broadcast can be heard on WKRD 790 AM, featuring Nick Curran (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst).
Louisville (6-1) welcomes a high-powered offense onto its home court. Maryland is second in the nation in scoring (95.0 points) and seventh in assists per game (21.2 assists). Maryland has outrebounded its opponents by 20.0 per game, ranking second in the country in the category. Through seven games, Louisville has scored 80.1 points per game and also is exceling on defense, creating 23.4 turnovers per game.
Last time out, Louisville fell to then-No. 3 South Carolina, 83-59, in Springfield, Mass. Mariya Moore led the team with 17 points, ahead of Asia Durr’s 13 points (3-of-5 from 3).
Durr leads the Cardinals in scoring (18.7 points per game), shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Moore is second on the team in scoring (12.9 points per game), shooting 87.5 percent (21-of-24) from the charity stripe. Briahanna Jackson and Myisha Hines-Allen are tied for third in scoring on the team, with both averaging 8.9 points per game.
Maryland (6-0) is coming off a 79-69 victory over Washington State on Saturday in a game that saw 12 lead changes and seven ties. Maryland’s free throw shooting proved to be the difference, connecting on 27-of-38 free throws, compared to Washington State shooting 7 of 21.
Brionna Jones tallied 20 points and 20 rebounds in the win. Her double-double was backed by 19 points from Kaila Charles and double-digit scoring performances from Desitny Slocum and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (11 points and 19 points, respectively).
Walker-Kimbrough leads the Terrapins in scoring (15.7 points) and steals (13). Jones is nearly averaging a double-double at 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. Slocum and Charles are also averaging double-figure scoring numbers for Maryland (13.2 points and 12.2 points, respectively).
Maryland returns its top two scorers from last year after finishing 31-4 overall with a 16-2 clip in Big Ten play. Jones and Walker-Kimbrough were both named to the preseason all-Big Ten team by unanimous decisions for Maryland, which was predicted to win the conference.
SERIES HISTORY – Maryland vs. Louisville
Louisville is 1-2 all-time against Maryland, with this game marking the first regular-season contest in series history.
In the last meeting, Shoni Schimmel scored 31 points on 12-of-29 shooting, but the Cardinals fell to Maryland 76-73 in the 2014 NCAA Elite Eight.
In the first meeting, Angel McCoughtry had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Louisville defeated top-seeded Maryland 77-60 to earn the program’s first trip to the Final Four. The Cardinals scored 28 points off of Maryland’s 21 turnovers.