Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 30 points, Brionna Jones had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and No. 5 Maryland defeated No. 17 Michigan State 85-76 Friday night for its ninth straight victory.
Coming off a 41-point performance at Purdue, Walker-Kimbrough came up with a satisfying encore. The 5-foot-11 junior guard went 9 for 16 from the floor, 3 for 3 from beyond the arc and made all nine of her foul shots.
Though Walker-Kimbrough's effort at Purdue was one point short of the school record, her 71 points is the most ever by a Maryland women's player over two successive games.
The Terrapins (21-2, 10-1 Big Ten) never trailed in moving into a tie atop the conference standings with Ohio State.
Maryland will face the Buckeyes on Monday night, looking to avenge an 85-80 defeat on Jan. 2.
Aerial Powers scored a season-high 31 points for Michigan State on 14-for-27 shooting. Branndais Agee added 22 points, but no other Spartan reached double figures.
Michigan State (17-5, 8-3) hoped to move into a second-place tie with the Terrapins but was outplayed from the outset. The Spartans fell into an early 11-2 hole, trailed by 17 in the second quarter and used a late surge to make the final score respectable.
Tori Jankoska, who came in averaging 16.4 points per game, missed her first eight shots and finished with eight points on 2-for-12 shooting. It was only the second time this season she failed to reach double figures.
Maryland made seven of its first eight shots from the floor and got points from five different players in bolting to a 15-6 lead. Walker-Kimbrough had 12 points in the first quarter and the Terrapins went 9 for 12.
After Morgan Green opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer for the Spartans, Jones made three baskets in a 10-0 spree that made it 32-17.
Powers scored eight points in a row for Michigan State to make it 47-38 in the third quarter. Brene Moseley answered with two straight baskets for Maryland, and Walker-Kimbrough drilled a 3-pointer before Jones capped the 10-0 run with a follow-shot.
It was 78-65 with 1:52 remaining before the Spartans made a late, futile push that cut the deficit to 81-76 with 37 seconds to go.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Jan. 23, but was postponed because of snow.
Michigan State: The Spartans are in the midst of a stretch of four games in eight days. ... Powers has scored at least 20 points in four straight games. She came up short of matching her career high of 35, set in January 2014 against Nebraska. ... MSU had won eight of nine, the lone setback at Indiana on Jan. 13.
Maryland: Walker-Kimbrough also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals. ... Moseley scored 15 of her 17 points after halftime. ... The Terrapins improved to 6-0 against the Spartans, including 4-0 at home. ... Maryland is 201-33 at home since the start of the 2002-03 season. ... The Terrapins, who came in with a nation's-best 17.5 rebounding margin, finished with a 43-33 advantage on the boards.
Michigan State: Faces Iowa on Sunday to conclude a busy weekend on the road.
Maryland: Seeks revenge at Ohio State on Monday night.