The Terps are returning all five starters and finished conference play 17-1 during the 2020-21 season.
The Big Ten announced Maryland women’s basketball conference schedule. The Terps finished conference play last season 17-1 and won the conference outright as well as the Big Ten championship.
The Big Ten was one of the deepest conferences in all of women’s basketball last season with five teams ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll with an additional two teams receiving votes.
Maryland is set to face Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers twice.
The first conference opponent the Terps will face is Rutgers away on Dec. 5. They will meet the Scarlet Knights again on Jan. 27 at home. Last season, Rutgers ended its season 14-5 and fell to No. 11 BYU in the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana, the 2020 preseason favorites of the conference, finished the season 21-6. The Hooisers’ season ended when No. 3 Arizona defeated them in the Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Terps will face Indiana on Jan. 2 away and will close out the regular season facing them at home on either Feb. 25 or Feb. 26.
Michigan finished its 2020-21 season with a 16-6 record. Maryland defeated the Wolverines once last season, 88-66. Michigan’s season ended in the Sweet 16 when it lost in overtime to No. 5 Baylor. The Terps will face Michigan on Jan. 16 at home and Feb. 20 away.
Ohio State finished the 2020-21 season with a 13-7 record however, it handed the Terps their first and only conference loss of the season. Maryland fell to then-No. 17 Ohio State, 88-86. This year, Maryland will have a chance to redeem itself against the Buckeyes facing them twice, once on Jan. 20 away and once at home on Feb. 17.
Maryland will face Penn State at home Jan. 6 and away on Jan. 30. The Terps defeated Penn State to clinch sole possession of the Big Ten regular-season title last season. Penn State closed out its season 9-15 winning just six of its conference games.
The Terps will face Purdue on Dec. 8, Northwestern on Jan. 23, Nebraska on Feb. 6 and Wisconsin on Feb. 9 at home.
Maryland will travel to Illinois on Dec. 30, Minnesota on Jan. 9., Michigan State on Feb. 3 and Iowa on Feb. 14.
The Terps are returning all five starters from a year ago and their top eight scorers last season. Maryland led the nation in scoring, averaging 90.8 points per game a season ago. Brenda Frese’s experienced group is poised to go on a big run this winter.