In its last home game before the break, the No. 5 Maryland women’s basketball team improved to 10-0 with a steady but resounding victory against the Southern Jaguars.
Maryland consistently outplayed Southern in the first half, but never reached its most dominant gear. The team took a 50-29 lead into the locker room after shooting 19-33 (57.6%) from the field, with assists on 16 of those 19 made shots. However, the Terps seemed to struggle at times with the Jaguars’ zone defense, turning the ball over 8 times in the first 20 minutes.
The second half saw more of the same. The Terps weren’t at peak form, but they didn’t need to be anywhere near it. Like most of Maryland’s mid-major victims this fall, Southern lacked the size and strength to hang with the Terps in the post. The Jaguars were outrebounded 54-20, which I believe qualifies as lopsided.
Once again, the dominant names in the box score were juniors Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones. Walker-Kimbrough recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Jones had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. She also had 2 of the team’s 3 blocks. Four more Terps reached double figures in scoring during the fourth quarter: Kristen Confroy, Kiah Gillespie, Brene Moseley and Brianna Fraser. The game’s leading scorer, however, was Southern guard Britney Washington, with 22 points on 9-23 shooting.
Three things to know
1. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough now has over 1,000 career points. The junior entered the game 14 points shy of the milestone, and reached it late in the second quarter on a layup assisted by Kiara Leslie. She is the 30th player in program history to reach the milestone.
2. Brene Moseley now has 300 career assists. Another milestone for Maryland tonight. Moseley had 292 career dimes through Tuesday night, but she reached the mark in the third quarter and finished the night with 10 points and 10 assists, her third double-double of the year.
3. The scoring disparities were shockingly similar throughout. Maryland outscored the Jaguars 25-14 in the first quarter, 25-15 in the second quarter, 24-15 in the third quarter and 20-17 in the fourth quarter. This is a Southern squad that lost 89-38 at Nebraska earlier in the season, so some might be surprised that this game was much closer than that. The most obvious explanation is turnovers: Maryland nearly doubled its total from Tuesday. It was far from the best outing for Brenda Frese’s team, but it was more than enough. For the first time since 2011-12, the Terps are 10-0.