The Virginia women's basketball team will play its first ACC game of the season, and last game before the break for finals, when the Cavaliers travel to face Maryland Thursday night.
The Terps are ranked 9th in the nation, and are the second-straight Top 25 opponent for the 'Hoos
Virginia lost a hard-fought game against #25 West Virginia Sunday.
Head coach Joanne Boyle says, "I'd much rather do that, than play teams and beat them by 30, and not be prepared to play a team as physical as Maryland. Hopefully the grind we've been going through these last couple of weeks will pay off."
Senior center Simone Egwu says, "Maryland is traditionally a very physical team. I think it's going to be somewhat similar in the athleticism, and the way they play defense, and kind of get up and down the floor. But every game is a different beast."
UVA shot just 25.9 % from the field against WVU.
The Cavaliers will be looking to improve their number against Maryland, who enter the game as the #1 rebounding team in the nation.
Egwu says, "Rebounding is a huge emphasis for us this game. As I said they are a very athletic they're great rebounders and I think its going to really be the difference between a win and a loss this game. We're really putting a lot of emphasis on it in practice."
Sophomore forward Sarah Imovbioh adds, "It's just an exciting game for us and as a post player, we're really ready because we know they become aggressive, especially on the boards. Coach really emphasized that in practice today we have our minds set to get rebounds."
Maryland beat Virginia three times last season.
The 'Hoos will be looking to turn the tables Thursday 7pm in College Park.