Maryland women’s basketball opens up its season on Nov. 13 against UMass-Lowell. Until then, we’re profiling every player on the team.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, senior, guard, No. 32, 5’11
Hometown: Aliquippa, Pa
High School: Hopewell
Recruiting ratings: Four stars, No. 43 overall, No. 6 wing, No. 1 player in Pensylvania
Collegiate stats: 14 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, .517 FG/.465 3P/.797 FT (107 games)
How did she get to College Park?
Walker-Kimbrough was named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Player of the Year her junior and senior year, and was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania as a senior. She committed to Maryland in July of 2012, picking the Terps over Purdue and Duquesne.
Walker-Kimbrough had many great performances last year, but none better than Feb. 2 at Purdue. That night she scored 41 points, and finished one point shy of Marissa Coleman’s record for most points in a game.
After improving during her freshman and sophomore year, Walker-Kimbrough became the most complete player on the team as a junior. She came just five points of short of Vicky Bullet’s single season record for most points scored, and her 54.5 percent clip on three point field goals was a Big Ten record. She was also a pest on defense, always looking to pick off passes and push the ball up court.
This year expect more of the same, but expect her to be a more of a leader. Last year the team could look to Malina Howard, Chloe Pavlech and Brene Moseley, but this year Brenda Frese will need Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones to set the tone, especially with seven new players.
What a dream season might look like
Walker-Kimbrough averages over 20 points a game and threatens Alyssa Thomas’s career scoring record. She helps lead Maryland to a Big Ten title and a deep NCAA tournament run that ends with the Terps cutting down the nets in Dallas.
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