Time: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: Comcast Center, College Park, Md.
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)
Series history: UConn, 2-0
Last meeting: UConn, 63-48, XL Center, Dec. 3, 2012
Streaks: UConn W2; Maryland W2
4 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, So., 9.5 ppg. – Scored career-high 17 points vs. Hartford
30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-4, So. 11.5 – Preseason pick to Associated Press All-America team
14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Sr., 6.0 13.0 – Led team with 20 points against Stanford
31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Sr., 12.5 – Has already attempted six three-pointers
12 SANIYA CHONG, G, 5-8, Fr., 7.0 – Debuted with no turnovers in 25 minutes against Hartford
13 ALICIA DeVAUGHN, C, 6-4, Sr., 10.0 ppg. – Set to play her 105th straight game
25 ALYSSA THOMAS, F, 6-2, Sr., 9.0 – Sixth all-time in scoring in program history (1,709 points)
5 MALINA HOWARD, C, 6-4, So., 5.5 - Made ACC All-Freshman team last season
15 CHLOE PAVLECH, G, 5-9, So., 3.0 – Six points in 15 minutes in win over Loyola
40 KATIE RUTAN, G, 5-9, Sr., 2.5 – Transferred from Xavier (Ohio) after sophomore season
What To Watch
Maryland tough: Maryland was likely the most physically demanding team the Huskies played last season. And without Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck, who will miss their first games with injuries, the way this game is officiated might be its most important aspect.
Stokes the fire: Coming off what Geno Auriemma said was the best game of her career, junior Kiah Stokes is primed for lots of playing time. She had 10 points, 13 rebounds against Stanford with six blocks.
Scouting report: Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault, the former coach of the Connecticut Sun, is expected to scout the game, as well as Sunday's at Penn State. Three potential first-round picks – Dolson, Thomas and Hartley – play Friday.
JOHN ALTAVILLA | email@example.com