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Terps junior nearly breaks single-game scoring record in women's win


Terps junior nearly breaks single-game scoring record in women's win

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Shatori Walker-Kimbrough has played hundreds of basketball games in her career-- high school, Amateur Athletic Union and college. On Tuesday night, she came through with her highest scoring total.

Walker-Kimbrough scored a career-high 41 points -- one point short of a school record -- to lead No. 5 Maryland to an 87-67 victory over Purdue. Kristen Confroy and Brionna Jones each scored 13 points, and Malina Howard added 12 to help the Terrapins (20-2, 9-1 Big Ten) win their eighth straight.

"I came out aggressive tonight, and that set the tone," said Walker-Kimbrough, who was 17 of 21 from the field, including 16 of 17 from inside the 3-point arc. "My teammates did a great job finding me for open shots. As for how I celebrate this one, just the victory in a tough place to play is good enough."

The junior forward equaled the highest scoring total ever by a Boilermakers opponent, and topped her previous career-best of 26 on Nov. 18, 2015, against High Point. She broke her career high with a field goal with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter, which gave Maryland a 55-42 advantage.

Walker-Kimbrough had 35 points through three quarters, when the Terrapins led 65-54.

Ashley Morrissette scored 19 points to lead Purdue (16-6, 7-4).

The Boilermakers closed to 70-63 early in the fourth, but Jones' three-point play and Confroy's 3-pointer gave Maryland a 76-63 advantage with 4:48 remaining.


"This was a hard-fought victory against a Purdue team that plays with a lot of tenacity, but we had Shatori Walker-Kimbrough on our side hitting on all cylinders," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.

Purdue coach Sharon Versyp is in her 16th season as a college head coach and says Walker-Kimbrough played one of the best games she ever has seen.

"When you make a few shots in a row, that basket begins to look bigger and bigger, and that is what happened tonight," Versyp said. "She also is a very smart player."

Purdue hurt its chances with 17 turnovers, which Maryland converted into 26 points.

"We changed defenses a lot, and we were able to force some turnovers, especially with our press," Frese said, "Our defense really did a nice job locking down."

Maryland led only 25-24 after a Purdue basket with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter, then finished the half on a 16-4 blitz, including nine points from Walker-Kimbrough, for a 41-28 advantage through 20 minutes.

Walker-Kimbrough shot 11 for 14 in the first half, including 11 for 12 from inside the arc, and 2 of 2 from the line for 24 points to go with two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals.

The Terrapins shot 63 percent in the opening half (19 of 30) and outscored Purdue 14-4 as the result of 12 Boilermakers turnovers. Maryland finished shooting 65.5 percent (36 of 55), including 32 of 42 inside the 3-point line.

"Maryland is an aggressive team that will capitalize on every one of your mistakes," Versyp said. "We cut it to seven early in the fourth quarter and then didn't make them pay."

Keys led Purdue with eight first-half points also had five turnovers. She and fellow starting guard April Wilson turned it over nine times in the first 20 minutes.

Maryland also outrebounded the Boilermakers 15-11 during the first two quarters.

Walker-Kimbrough scored Maryland's first 11 points, helping the Terrapins take a 17-15 lead after one quarter, although the Boilermakers had an 11-4 run during the period's final 4:21.


Maryland: The Terrapins entered outscoring their first 21 opponents by an average margin of 29.5 points. ... Walker-Kimbrough came in shooting 55.1 percent from the field, including 58.7 percent from 3-point range, while averaging a team-leading 18 points per game, 10th in the Big Ten. ... Maryland improved to 7-0 in true road games and is 10-1 away from College Park, including neutral-site contests.

Purdue: The Boilermakers fell to 1-6 all-time against Maryland, including 0-4 in West Lafayette. ... Four of Purdue's next five are on the road, including a trip to Maryland on Feb. 11 ... The Boilermakers rank 12th in Big Ten scoring at 69.9 points but are fourth in conference scoring defense at 60.1 points. ... Wilson is averaging a team-best 15.9 points, ranking 20th in the league.


Walker-Kimbrough tied the Purdue opponent record set by former Minnesota standout Lindsay Whalen, who did it on Feb. 14, 2002, in Minneapolis. Walker-Kimbrough's 17 made field goals are the most ever against Purdue, breaking the record of 16 set by Northwestern's Anucha Browne on Feb. 12, 1984. in Evanston, Illinois.


Maryland's starting five of Walker-Kimbrough, Confroy, Jones, Howard and Chloe Pavlech were a collective 34 of 48 from the field, 70.8 percent.


Maryland: Hosts Michigan State on Friday night.

Purdue: At Wisconsin on Monday night.

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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."


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Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors


Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors

In a roller-coaster season for the Maryland Terrapins, there have been three points of consistency on their roster: Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

On Monday, the Big Ten awarded them each their first conference recognition.


Sophomore guard, Cowan was named the All-Big Ten Third Team and the All-Defensive Team. The 6-0 guard finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 15.7 points per game. He also was third in assists (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was a nightmare to defend, filling right into the role that Melo Trimble left vacated this year. Both recognitions were from the Big Ten coaches and media.

Freshman forward, Fernando was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Leading all freshmen with 6.4 rebounds and averaging 10.2 points a game, he instantly had an impact on the Terps. From Angola, the 6-10 forward capped his season with 21 points against Iowa on Jan. 7. In his first year, he went from a bench player to a starter, to Sportscenter. It was the first time ever a Terp has been named to the All-Freshman Team 

Huerter was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Stepping into a new role in the 2017-18 season, Huerter struggled but still managed to be highly productive. With the ball in his hands more he shot 42.1 percent from deep and made 72 three-point baskets on the season. Already through two seasons, he is 12th on Maryland’s all-time three-point list.  He also scored 14.6 points a game.