Although it didn’t look like it would be easy at first, the Maryland women’s basketball team recorded another convincing win Wednesday, beating the Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 90-65.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones racked up 22 points apiece, even though neither one played a second in the fourth quarter. All of Walker-Kimbrough’s points came in the first 15 minutes, and she was 6-6 from three-point range. Jones, meanwhile, grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds, including 6 on the offensive end.
Walker-Kimbrough scored the Terps’ first 11 points, but Maryland trailed 20-15 at the end of the first quarter. In response, the team outscored the Badgers 34-10 in the subsequent period. Walker-Kimbrough scored 11 more points before the second-quarter media timeout, and Tierney Pfirman nailed three triples late in the half.
The Terps led 49-30 at halftime, and kept the proverbial foot on the gas in the third quarter, stretching the lead as high as 30 points. Jones had 12 points in the quarter, and Maryland entered the now-insignificant fourth up 77-51.
Head coach Brenda Frese sat Walker-Kimbrough and Jones the entire fourth quarter, so Kiara Leslie became the Terps’ primary scoring option in the final frame. She finished with 12 points, the most she’s had in a game since dropping 22 on Dec. 20 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Tierney Pfirman also reached double figures for the Terps, scoring 15 on 6-8 shooting from the field. Wisconsin was led by senior Nicole Bauman, who recorded an impressive line of 22-3-4-1-2. She was also 4-8 from downtown; the rest of the Badgers were 0-6.
The win brings Maryland's record to 17-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The team’s next game was scheduled for Saturday against Michigan State, but snow is expected to derail that plan. For now, the Terps can soak in their fifth straight victory.
Three things to know
1. This was Shatori Walker-Kimbrough’s game early on. Walker-Kimbrough scored the team’s first 11 points in the first quarter, then followed with 11 of the Terps’ first 19 in the second quarter. Just 15 minutes into the game, she already had 22 points. However, she only took one shot in the third quarter and sat the entire fourth, so her career high of 26 points and the school record of 8 three-pointers made are safe for the time being.
2. Maryland went bonkers in the paint again. See: Jones, Brionna. The Terps scored 48 points in the paint and allowed just 28. Maryland also had 19 second-chance points on 23 offensive rebounds.
3. Kristen Confroy didn’t quite live up to her last game. After a career performance on Sunday in which she scored 24 points on 8 made threes, the sophomore was completely shut out in this one. She took and missed 3 shots from beyond the arc. More than anything, this exemplifies the depth of the No. 5 Terps. Aside from the two juniors on every Player of the Year watchlist, anyone can step up on any given night. In just the past couple of weeks, Confroy, Pfirman and Howard have led the team in scoring at least once. Having a team this deep could bode well when late March rolls around.