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No. 5 Maryland women hit from outside, top Wisconsin 90-65

Jan 21, 2016 - 4:03 AM MADISON, Wis. (AP) Another easy win for No. 5 Maryland came with a milestone for one of the elite programs of women's college basketball.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 22 points and made a career-best six 3-pointers, leading the fifth-ranked Terrapins to a 90-65 victory Wednesday night over Wisconsin for the 900th win in program history. It's the 14th Division I program to reach that level.

''It speaks volumes in terms of the level of tradition that was started many, many years before me,'' said 14th-year coach Brenda Frese.

She's doing a pretty good job herself of setting a high bar for the program.

After a sluggish start, Maryland (17-2, 6-1 Big Ten) took control by outscoring the Badgers 34-10 in the second quarter.

Brionna Jones also had 22 points. The center formed a potent inside-outside duo with guard Walker-Kimbrough during a 14-2 run to open the second quarter that gave Maryland a 29-22 lead.

''We just find the open player. Shatori started off tonight, just helped us start our fire,'' Jones said.

Tierney Pfirman paced the Terrapins late in the quarter with 11 straight points, including three straight 3s. Maryland was never threatened again after going into the locker room at halftime with a 49-30 lead.

Nicole Bauman scored 22 points for the Badgers (6-11, 2-5).

''We're aspiring to get to this point of talent,'' Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey said about Maryland. ''But I'm proud of our group. We can build on this even though it was a lopsided loss.''


Walker-Kimbrough would hit a 3 from one wing then the other. Back and forth she went. Even when a Wisconsin player was in her face, Maryland's junior guard couldn't miss from long range.

Walker-Kimbrough, the team's leading scorer at 17.4 points a game, took only one shot in the second half with the game well in hand. She finished 8 of 12 from the field, and made all six 3s.

The 6-foot-3 Jones was 11-of-14 shooting and added nine rebounds.


It took a little while for high-powered Maryland to get into a groove on the road.

Wisconsin led 20-15 after the first quarter, and the Badgers outhustled the more talented Terrapins all over the floor.

Bauman's layup with 2:06 left in the first gave Wisconsin its largest lead of the game, 18-11.

Maryland seized control as soon as the second quarter started.

''Fortunately, Shatori came out, really ready to carry the load for the team,'' Frese said.


Six Terrapins played double-digit minutes. Frese said her team used depth to play pressure defense on Wisconsin.

''Our press was the difference in terms of opening up the game and being able to really utilize our depth,'' Frese said.


Kelsey saw positive signs in spite of the lopsided loss, including just 10 turnovers on the night for the Badgers.

Bauman was 9 of 16 from the field, while Avyanna Young had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Wisconsin hadn't won more than 12 games in Kelsey's first four full seasons on the bench, but she said she is seeing incremental progress on and off the floor.

''It takes a while, it really does, to get those players to buy your vision. ... But these guys, they're the pioneers,'' said Kelsey, referring to Young and Bauman sitting next to her.


Maryland: Walker-Kimbrough's previous career high for 3-pointers was four in 2014 against Wofford. She set a new mark by Wisconsin with 7:27 left in the second quarter, when her fifth 3 of the game gave Maryland the lead for good, 23-22.

Wisconsin: The Badgers were 21st in the nation in converting 36 percent of their 3-point attempts on the season coming into the night. But they were 4 of 14 (28 percent) from behind the arc against the Terps.


Maryland: Hosts No. 21 Michigan State on Saturday.

Wisconsin: Hosts Minnesota on Saturday.