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Walker-Kimbrough, No. 8 Maryland blow by High Point 105-50


Walker-Kimbrough, No. 8 Maryland blow by High Point 105-50

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Shatori Walker-Kimbrough isn't letting over-matched opponents stick around.

The Maryland guard had a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Maryland to a 105-50 romp over High Point on Wednesday night.

Maybe even more importantly, the junior did the bulk of her damage before halftime for a second straight game, with 19 points before the break to crush the visitors' hopes early.

"Shatori's been so consistent coming out in back-to-back games, leading this team with her energy and her intensity," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. "She's just set the tone for us. We've just got to have more players continue to play at that pace."

Brionna Jones also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins, who opened the game on an 18-5 run and scored the last 16 points of the first half to make it 48-20 at the break.

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Kiah Gillespie added 19 points and Brene Moseley had 13 as Maryland (2-0) posted 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since home victories over Wofford and College of Charleston in December 2013.

"I think it's important for us to be balanced," Frese said. "But at times, I've challenged Shatori that she's going to have to put up that kind of production until her teammates can come along. So it's kind of finding that blend."

Kaylah Keys had 12 points and Kat Harris added 10 for High Point (1-2), which lost by more than 40 points again after falling 89-48 at North Carolina State on Sunday.

"We set our own goals, and we came just short of them," said High Point coach DeUnna Hendrix. "But I thought our kids' resiliency and effort was pretty good."

Walker-Kimbrough had scored 20 of her 22 points before halftime in Maryland's 102-53 victory over UMass-Lowell on Saturday to open the season.

The second-year starter continued that theme Wednesday, hitting an 18-foot jumper from the top of the arc that made it 12-2 and coaxed Hendrix into her first timeout. It didn't help, as Walker-Kimbrough followed with 3-pointers from each corner to push Maryland's lead to 13. She went on to record her second career double-double.

She scored six points in a later spurt to close the half, including a slick putback off Brene Moseley's miss, while also feeding Moseley for a transition layup and swatting one of her four blocks.

"I guess I like to lead by example," Kimbrough said. "It's just whatever the defense gives us, and whatever the team needs me to do."


High Point assistant Laura Harper was among five members of Maryland's 2006 national championship team honored on the court before the game. Harper scored 1,407 points in her career and was a sophomore during the Terps' title run.

"It's special," Hendrix said of the moment. "She doesn't talk a whole lot about it around our team, but it was an opportunity for her to share a piece of her."


Maryland: Gillespie's 19 points followed 15 in her collegiate debut. "Right now, it's just keeping my head, staying composed, and realizing basketball is basketball," Gillespie said.

High Point: Seven of the 10 players Hendrix used Wednesday were freshmen, accounting for 61.5 percent of the team's total minutes played.


Maryland: Coach Frese moved to 399 career wins. ... Senior F Tierney Pfirman (hamstring strain) missed a second consecutive game.

High Point: Played its first game against a ranked opponent since losing to then-No. 7 Kentucky in November 2012.


Maryland: Hosts Detroit for an 11 a.m. tipoff on Friday.

High Point: Travels to Davidson Saturday to complete a three-game road trip.

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Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State


Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and North Carolina State beat Maryland 74-60 on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high.

Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007.


N.C. State, which shot 45 percent and was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State winner on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.

Brianna Fraser had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-8), who were held to 37 percent shooting.

Leading scorer Kaila Charles, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with four points -- 14 fewer than her average -- on 2-of-8 shooting before fouling out with 2:29 left. She had scored in double figures in 30 of her previous 33 games.

Maryland's offense, which averages 80 points, had trouble scoring against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

N.C. State allows 56.7 points per game and only one team in the past two months -- top-seeded Notre Dame -- has reached 70 against the Wolfpack.


Maryland: The Terrapins were denied their sixth Sweet 16 in seven years in part because their potent perimeter game was nonexistent. Maryland, at 39.1 percent the nation's seventh-most accurate team, missed all five of its 3s. Kristen Confroy, who's third in the nation from long range at 40.3 percent, didn't attempt one.

N.C. State: Leslie kept tormenting her former teammates by turning steals into layups. Big brother C.J. Leslie led the N.C. State men's program to a Sweet 16 in 2012, and now she's headed to one, too.


N.C. State will play either top-seeded Mississippi State or ninth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.


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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."