Maryland women’s basketball team picked up a road win Wednesday at Duquesne, improving to 12-0 with the 77-57 victory.
The No. 4 Terps overcame a somewhat shaky start and pulled past the Dukes. After leading by just one point through one quater, Maryland won the second period 19-4 and cruised from there. Duquesne made a run of sorts in the fourth quarter—the second straight game the Terps have allowed their opponent to do so—but it was too little, too late.
Once again, Maryland dominated inside. The Terps beat Duquesne 39-29 on the boards, and had a 38-14 advantage in the paint.
Brionna Jones led the Terps with 20 points and 10 boards. She lowered her field-goal percentage with 7-of-13 shooting, but made up for it with a 6-of-7 performance at the foul line. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 17 and Kristen Confroy finished with 10 for the Terps. Duquesne’s Amadea Szamosi led all scorers with 21.
Maryland struggled with turnovers again, finishing with 10 giveaways in the first half and 19 in the game. However, the Terps forced 21 turnovers on the other end, and turned those gifts into 25 points, while Duquesne only managed 14.
Both teams started cold from the field, with Maryland 2-of-10 and Duquesne 1-of-8 at the first media timeout. The Terps led just 13-12 after a slow-paced first quarter, as the Dukes picked up five points on six attempts at the foul line.
The Maryland defense was stout for the entire second quarter, holding Duquesne to just four points in the frame, including an eight-minute scoreless drought. The Terps easily stretched the lead to double digits during this stretch, and Kristen Confroy’s three late in the period doubled up the score at 32-16 just before halftime.
Confroy and Jones each had 10 first-half points, on 4-of-6 and 4-of-7 shooting, respectively. Walker-Kimbrough had eight points at the break, and the rest of the team had four total.
Maryland extended the lead to 57-36 through three quarters and led by 26 at one point, but faltered in the fourth with the starters still on the floor. The Dukes cut it to 64-54 with four minutes remaining before Maryland ultimately closed on a 9-0 run.
Three things to know
1. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had her homecoming. The Aliquippa, Pa. product finally got her chance to play in Pittsburgh, and received a strong ovation when her name was announced as part of the starting lineup.
2. The Terps didn’t shoot many threes, but they shot them well. Maryland was 4-of-7 from long range in the game, including 3-of-4 in the first half. Confroy sank both of her attempts, and Walker-Kimbrough and Blair Watson hit the others. Duquesne went 5-of-20 from deep.
3. Now it’s real. Maryland will be undefeated when it hosts UConn in eight days. This is the game to which everything has been building up, and now it’s the next thing up. Both teams should be without a loss at the opening tip. Only one will leave College Park unbeaten.