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Maryland women's basketball vs. Loyola (MD) final score, with 3 things to know from the Terps' 97-47 win

The Terps are 9-0 after throttling another mid-major

The Maryland women’s basketball team is 9-0 after routing in-state foe Loyola, 97-47, on Tuesday night.

Once again, it was clear for every second that the Terps were bigger, faster, stronger, and more athletic than their mid-major counterparts. In the words of music producer/philosopher DJ Khaled, "another one."

Maryland opened up a 22-12 lead after the first quarter. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 8 points and the team was 9-of-14 from the field, but it was the Terps’ tight defense that stood out in the opening period, forcing 6 Loyola turnovers (3 of which were shot-clock violations). Two Greyhound three-pointers at the start of the second quarter slashed the lead to 22-18, but Loyola never got that close again. The Terps closed the half on a 28-6 run and took a 50-24 lead into halftime.

The second half was much of the same. With a balanced scoring attack and continued stingy defense, Maryland was able to cruise to a 50-point victory. The team won the rebounding battle 43-27 and the turnover battle 21-8, while also outscoring Loyola 46-20 in the paint.

Despite not playing a single second in the fourth quarter, Walker-Kimbrough led all scorers with 21 points. Three bench players also reached double figures: Brene Moseley had 15, Brianna Fraser 11 and Kristen Confroy 10. Overall, Maryland shot 36 of 68 (52.9%) from the field and 21-25 (84%) from the foul line.

As a consolation, Loyola fans got to enjoy a brilliant shooting expedition from senior guard Diana Logan. The lefty was 5 of 7 from downtown and tallied 19 points on the night. The Greyhounds’ leading scorer through the first 8 games, senior Colleen Marshall, shot 3-of-15 to finish with 7. Loyola shot a whopping one free throw Tuesday night (by sophomore Bri Betz-White—she made it).

The Terps’ next game will be Friday night against Southern. If/when they win, it’ll be their first 10-0 start since 2011-12.

Three things to know

1. Tierney Pfirman missed the game with hamstring tightness. After starting her first game in more than two years on Saturday, Pfirman sat this one out mainly as a precautionary measure. Kiah Gillespie returned to the starting lineup, while Brianna Fraser and A’Lexus Harrison saw a spike in minutes. "The Pfirmanator" will likely be back on the floor Friday.

2. The Terps finally controlled the ball. Game after game, turnovers have kept the team from being as dominant as it wanted to be. In this game, however, Maryland only gave the ball up 8 times. It might be premature to say the problem is fixed after one mostly clean game against a mid-major, but this is a very good sign.

3. Not many players can fill a stat sheet like Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. After being named Big Ten player of the week for her performances against Syracuse and Central Connecticut State, the junior was at it again on Tuesday night. In only three quarters of work, she racked up 21 points on 9-13 shooting, as well as 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. She also had this ridiculous fast break in the third quarter. I’m perfectly okay with four more months of watching this.