So you forgot that sports fan on your Christmas list! Or, are you just waiting to surprise her or him with the basketball tickets. You know, the tickets to the games involving three top 20 women teams coming to town this week or the tournament at Catholic University.
The 5th-ranked Terrapins will play host to No. 19 Delaware, East Carolina and Lafayette in the Terrapin Classic Dec. 28-29 at Comcast Center. The Terps will play Lafayette at noon on Dec. 28, with Delaware and ECU in the second game of the day at 2:30 p.m. On Dec. 29, the Terps will play either the Pirates or the Blue Hens at 7 p.m., while the Leopards will play either one at 4:30 p.m.
The Blue Hens are led by the nation’s leading scorer Elena Delle Donne who averages 29.3 points per game and averages 10.2 boards a game. She hit 40 points Nov. 17 when Delaware, 9-0, upset then-11th ranked Penn State.
Delle Donne is a teammate of Terp center Lynetta Kizer on USA Basketball.
The Blue Hens also feature local connections like Kayla Miller who played a semester at George Washington, the Bullis School alum Jocylyn Bailey, Wooten-grad Chelsee Craig and Baltimore’s Western High’s Akeema Richards, who spent a year at West Virginia.
Later that night, American hosts 7-3 Quinnipiac featuring hot-shooting Felicia Barron.
In addition, Rutgers April Sykes-led Scarlet Knights invade Smith Center Friday for a date with the Colonials. Rutgers only allowed seven field goals in its last game, a 62-29 beat down of Iona Dec. 18.
The 12th-ranked Scarlet Knights are led by Sykes’ 14.8 ppg. Khadijah Rushdan, 12.3 ppg, and Monique Oliver, 11.3, 8.9 rpg, are major contributors for Rutgers, 10-2.
Catholic returns to the court on Dec. 30 when the Cardinals host Thiel College in the CU Holiday Tournament. Tip-off from inside the DuFour Center is set for 2 p.m., with St. John Fisher and Washington College playing one another in the other semifinal. The two winners will then square off in the championship on Dec. 31.
Dec. 28 Lafayette at Maryland noon
Dec. 28 Quinnipiac @ American 7 pm
Dec. 28 George Washington @ William & Mary 7 pm
Dec. 29 Delaware/East Carolina winner @ MD 7 pm
Dec. 29 George Mason @ Ohio 7pm
Dec. 29 Georgetown v. Vermont in Hanover, NH, 7 pm
Dec. 29 Navy @ Fordham noon
Dec. 29 UDC @ Franklin Pierce 3 pm
Dec. 30 Western Michigan @ AU 7 pm
Dec. 30 Rutgers @ George Washington 7 pm
Dec. 30 CU Holiday Tournament 2 pm
Dec. 30 Navy v. Boston/Coppin State winner
Dec. 30 Georgetown @ Dartmouth 7 pm
Dec. 31 CU Holiday Tournament
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