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Walker-Kimbrough carries No. 5 Maryland past Southern 94-61


Walker-Kimbrough carries No. 5 Maryland past Southern 94-61

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Shatori Walker-Kimbrough cut to the basket from the right side, caught a pass from Brene Moseley and made an easy layup between two defenders.

What appeared to be simply another collaboration of two standout players was actually a milestone moment in Maryland women's basketball history.

Walker-Kimbrough became the 30th Terrapin to reach 1,000 points, scoring 20 to lead fifth-ranked Maryland past Southern 94-61 Friday night.

Brionna Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-0) and Moseley added 10 points and 10 assists. It was Maryland's 28th consecutive win at home.

Walker-Kimbrough has 1,006 points in her career and owns a team-high 18.8 average this season. The 5-foot-11 junior guard has reached double figures in all 10 games.

Walker-Kimbrough hit the 1,000-point mark with 3:24 left in the second quarter on that crisp pass from Moseley.

"It's an honor, but I want to thank everyone that has helped me get to this point," Walker-Kimbrough said. "Not just this year's team, but also my freshman and sophomore year teams. I had a bunch of great players around me that helped me get to this milestone."

Moseley is one of them. The senior guard went over the 300-mark in assists, becoming only the 18th Maryland player to do so.

"I do my best to get Shatori the ball, but she's the one that does most of the work," Moseley said.

The basket gave the Terrapins a 41-22 lead. The margin would swell to 21 at halftime, and a layup by Walker-Kimbrough made it 63-37 midway through the third quarter.

Senior guard Britney Washington scored 24 points for Southern (2-5) in her season debut. Washington led the Jaguars in scoring last season but missed the first six games awaiting academic certification.

She went 9 for 23 from the floor and 3 for 11 from 3-point range.

"It took her a few minutes to shake some of the rust off," Southern coach Sandy Pugh said. "It was good to see her get back into a rhythm."

Coming off an 86-46 loss at Iowa State, the Jaguars fell behind 23-8 in the first quarter. It was 33-22 before a layup by Walker-Kimbrough launched a 17-9 spurt to close the first half.

Maryland stretched its lead to 31 points late in the third quarter and took a 74-44 lead into the final 10 minutes.

"That's the best team we've seen," Pugh said. "We've played Texas A&M, Nebraska, everybody. Those kids are special."

None of those other teams have Walker-Kimbrough.

"She's just a tremendous athlete," Pugh said. "You can't go to sleep when she's got the ball."


The Terrapins were without forward Tierney Pfirman, who missed a second straight game with a hamstring injury. She also missed the team's first three games with a hamstring strain.


Pugh knew Maryland was going to be tough to beat, and she was right.

"Anytime you're playing the No. 5 team in the country, you expect them to have prolific scorers. They did," she said. "You expect them to have bigs who can bang. They did. You've got to expect that, because we're not playing against kids in the backyard. They're the real deal."


Southern: The Jaguars' first five baskets were made by five different players. ... This concludes a stretch of four straight road games for the Jaguars, who ventured to Nebraska, Kansas State and Iowa State before making their first trip to College Park.

Maryland: The Terrapins came in second in the country in scoring margin (plus-38.3). ... Maryland outrebounded Southern 54-20. ... Six Terps scored in double figures, including freshmen Kiah Gillespie (10) and Brianna Fraser (11).


Southern: The Jaguars host Tougaloo College on Monday.

Maryland: The Terrapins face in-state foe Maryland Eastern Shore on the road Dec. 20, their final tune-up before taking on top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 28.

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

The world of college basketball has been on high alert since last fall when reports first surfaced of a longterm FBI investigation into the worst-kept secret in sports: college athletes being paid to play.

News surrounding the scandal died down after the inital wave of arrests, but Yahoo! Sports released a warning of sorts recently and followed it up on Friday by naming players (both past and present) for the first time. There were dozens of programs and players implicated, including Maryland's Diamond Stone.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season, after which he left for the NBA. That Terps team was highly-ranked entering the season but ended up losing in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Kansas.


Andy Miller is the agent whose financial records were used to implicate so many players in the Yahoo! Sports report. It's no surprise that Turgeon would deny having a relationship with Miller regarding any of his players, but the question remains: What does this mean for Maryland basketball?

You can be sure that Turgeon will be meeting with both past and current assistant coaches Friday to confirm they have not had any involvement with Andy Miller. He'll also certainly be meeting with higher-ups at Maryland, as they try to cover their bases. 

That said, it seems unlikely Maryland would take an action as drastic as firing Turgeon over these allegations. There has been no evidence released so far that implies Turgeon had any knowledge of Stone's actions. Barring further information coming to light, it seems as though this is a case of Stone developing a relationship with Miller's agency separately from Maryland.

Some of the more vocal members of Maryland's fan base would like to think Turgeon is on the hot seat. The truth is, given his long-term contract and the current state of Maryland's finances, it's not currently feasible to fire him and expect to afford a more accomplished coach. Though if further reports indicate Turgeon was complicit, then all bets are off.

It remains possible the NCAA will impose punishments on the schools involved with this scandal, in the form of reduced scholarships, postseason bans, or worse. But that's likely off the table until further evidence comes out regarding how much schools and coaches actually knew. It is a near-certainty that some schools were in cahoots with Miller and other agents; the problem is identifying which schools were intentionally breaking the rules, and which were simply unaware. Ultimately, however, some degree of responsibility falls on the head coach.

For now, the biggest worry on the minds of Maryland fans should be vacated wins. If Diamond Stone was ineligible, then it's possible the victories Maryland recorded during the 2015-16 season will be erased from the record books. Unfortunately, this could include their run to the Sweet 16, which was the program's first in more than a decade.

Given the expectations surrounding the team during Stone's year in College Park, his tenure could already be considered a disappointment. Losing those wins would further dampen the memories fans have from that season.

On the bright side, at least the Terps didn't have a Final Four run to lose.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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