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Outtakes: Midseason with the Terps women

Maryland's Stephanie Jones gets ready to toss a t-shirt to fans after player introduction before game against South Carolina at Xfinity Center.
Maryland's Stephanie Jones gets ready to toss a t-shirt to fans after player introduction before game against South Carolina at Xfinity Center. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Despite the graduation of All-Americans Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and the offseason transfer of top freshman Destiny Slocum, little has changed this season for the Maryland women's basketball team.

Ahead of Tuesday’s home game against Indiana, the Terps are ranked No. 11 nationally and 15-3 overall, with their only losses to No. 1 Connecticut, No. 9 South Carolina and Michigan State. The Spartans’ upset Thursday marked just Maryland’s fourth loss in Big Ten Conference play ever. Since joining the league in 2015, the Terps have won or shared every Big Ten regular-season and tournament title.

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This season, they're relying on strength in numbers. Before wing Blair Watson’s season-ending knee injury Wednesday, Maryland was the only team in the country with seven players averaging double-figure scoring. Coach Brenda Frese has relied on a mix of new talents — Florida transfer Eleanna Christinaki and freshman Channise Lewis — and a core of returning veterans, such as sophomore wing Kaila Charles and senior guard Kristen Confroy, to power one of the top offenses in Division I.

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