Feb. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's basketball team will look to avenge its Jan. 30 road loss to Virginia when it plays host to the Cavaliers in Atlantic Coast Conference action on Thursday at Comcast Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be heard live on WMUC Sports as well as viewed via webcast on ACCSelect.com.

No. 11/9 Maryland (19-4, 7-2 ACC) has won three straight and six of its last seven games, with its lone loss in that stretch to Virginia. The Cavaliers overcame an eight-point halftime deficit in that contest, outscoring the Terrapins 58-42 in the second half, to come away with an 89-81 win at John Paul Jones Arena.

Virginia, ranked No. 17/15 in the nation, enters College Park with a 19-5 record, 5-3 in the ACC. The Cavaliers dropped their next conference game following their win over Maryland, 81-67 versus Duke on Feb. 5, but rebounded to post a 69-61 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Junior guard Monica Wright, the ACC's leading scorer, scored 28 points against the Terps in the first matchup, but was outdone by teammate Lyndra Littles' game-high 30 points. Littles, a senior forward, went 11-for-21 from the floor and 3-for-6 from 3-point range. Cavalier senior center Aisha Mohammed, the league's leading rebounder, hauled in 16 boards to go along with 19 points versus Maryland.

The first matchup was a tale of two halves, as Maryland shot 58.6 percent in the first half but just 40.5 percent in the second half, while Virginia bested its 41.9 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes with a 53.8 percent clip after halftime.

Terrapin guard/forward Marissa Coleman posted team-highs in points (19) and rebounds (9) in the loss at Virginia. The senior is second on the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) to classmate Kristi Toliver's 17.3 points per game. Coleman recorded her 1,000th career rebound, just the second in school history to do so, at Boston College on Monday.

Toliver's seven assists in the Terps' 85-81 win at BC gave her 699 for her career. Maryland's all-time assist leader, she will become just the fourth player in ACC history to reach 700 assists with her next helper. The All-American also sank five 3-pointers to jump into fourth place on the ACC's all-time 3-pointers made list.

The Terrapins, on a 30-game home court win streak, trail the all-time series with the Cavaliers, 29-41. Maryland, however, has won the past five meetings with Virginia in College Park.