#5 Women's Basketball
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough dropped fire on Purdue and Michigan State this week. She set a new career-high in points after scoring 41 against the Boilermakers. She missed tying the Maryland single-game scoring record by ONE point. She then dropped 30 against the ranked Spartans, giving her the Maryland record for most points in two consecutive games. Maryland heads to Columbus on Monday for a nationally televised showdown with Ohio State. The top-10 Buckeyes beat the Terps earlier in the season in College Park, and this game will almost certainly determine who wins the Big Ten title.
Record this week: 2-0 (87-67 win over Purdue and an 85-76 win over No. 17 Michigan State)
Record this season: (21-2, 10-1)
Grade for the week: A+. These were two important wins. Now the Terps have to take care of business in Columbus.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is tied for first in the Big Ten standings with Ohio State.
Maryland lost by 27 points for the second straight meet, yet the margin didn't feel quite as big as that. The Terrapins and Wolverines were tied 6-6 after four matches thanks to Alfred Bannister's overtime win and Geoffrey Alexander's gutsy decision over the always tough Rossi Bruno. Lou Mascola took top-10 Brian Murphy to the wire at 157 and Brendan Burnham lost a close decision at 165. After that, it was all Michigan. The Maize and Blue picked up a pin at 174, a major at 184, a tech at 197, and a pin at heavyweight. The result was an embarrassing final score, but for those who saw the dual, it had the potential to be closer.
Record this week: 0-1 (33-6 loss to No. 6 Michigan)
Record this season: (4-11, 1-7)
Grade for the week: C. The Terps were competitive in most of their matches against the Wolverines. The problem was that Maryland lost the last six matches in a row, including the last four by bonus points.
Title Chances: 0. Maryland will not win the Big Ten.
Track and Field
Chioma Onyekwere and Micha Powell delivered standout performances at the Armory Invitational over the weekend.
Onyekwere won the shot put with the third-best throw in school history and took fifth in the weight throw. Micha Powell finished fourth in the 400 meter dash but broke the school record, racing across the finish line in 53.73.
Alexandra Lucki ran the second-fastest mile in school history (4.45.36) but finished in second place by just two-hundredths of a second.
On the men's side, Dan Trettel took third in the 1000 meters and took fourth in the mile.