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Strickland Out for Duke Game

DURHAM, N.C.—Greetings from Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the 12th-ranked Maryland women are getting ready to face No. 4 Duke. Unfortunately for the Terrapins, sophomore guard Marah Strickland did not make the trip due to illness; a Maryland spokesman said that she is being treated by team physicians in College Park. He added that it is too early to tell whether Strickland will be able to re-join the Terrapins in time for Thursday's game at Clemson (10-6, 1-2 ACC).

This is a big blow for the Terrapins, and leaves their backcourt perilously thin. Over the past four games, Strickland has been its most consistent scorer after senior Kristi Toliver; she averaged 15.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting in wins over UNC Asheville, Mississippi State, Richmond and Wake Forest. Strickland also led Maryland in three-point shooting (12 of 23, or 52.1 percent) in those games.

Senior Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood will likely make her sixth start of the season; she brings a veteran's savvy, but is not the shooting threat that Strickland is. A pair of redshirt freshmen, Anjale Barrett and Kim Rodgers, are the only other guards on the roster; neither one has played in an environment such as this.

How do you think this affects tonight's game? Predictions?

By Camille Powell  |  January 12, 2009; 6:37 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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Not having Strickland was a big blow, especially when Coleman went down with leg cramps. Marah has been playing really well the last few games, and her speed and scoring were sorely missed.

This was a game the Terps could have won, but they let Duke get too many offensive rebounds.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | January 13, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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