No. 5 Maryland women rout Loyola 97-47


No. 5 Maryland women rout Loyola 97-47

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- Midway through the third quarter, Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough made a steal at half court, swung the ball behind her back and never broke stride on her way to an easy layup.

The flashy play by the junior guard seemed to spark the No. 5 Terrapins to a 97-47 rout of crosstown Loyola on Tuesday night.

"She sets the tone. We really go as Shatori goes," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "When Shatori is in a great place, our team is in a great place. Just to see her growth and where she is leading us is exciting."

Walker-Kimbrough scored 21 points and Brene Moseley had 15 for Maryland, which shot 36 of 68 (52.9 percent) from the field. Brianna Fraser added 11 points and Kristen Confroy finished with 10.

Maryland (9-0) plays Southern and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore before a showdown with No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 28.

Diana Logan went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and had 19 points for Loyola (3-6). The Greyhounds' reserves were outscored 52-24 by their counterparts with Maryland. Loyola finished with just one free throw.

Colleen Marshall and Logan hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second quarter and get the Greyhounds within four. The Terrapins then overwhelmed Loyola with their size and speed, pulling away with a 26-6 run capped by Moseley's layup.

"I thought we responded really well," Walker-Kimbrough said. "We ramped up our defense. We got easy shots on offense and we executed. We sped them up on defense. I thought we did a good job on our press."

The Terps got points from nine players, including 14 from Walker-Kimbrough, and led 50-24 at the break. Maryland scored 16 points off 11 turnovers by Loyola.

A layup by Jones gave Maryland a 57-27 lead with 5:56 left in the third quarter. The Terrapins continued to wear down the Greyhounds. Another layup by Moseley provided a 71-37 margin.

Loyola tried to slow Maryland down with a 2-3 zone, but nothing worked. A layup by Kiah Gillespie extended the lead to 90-44 with 5:01 left.

"They are always hard to guard," Loyola coach Joe Logan said. "They are solid and so steady. I thought we got good looks but they just didn't go in. I'm proud of how we played. I just wished we could have made a few more shots."

It was the Terps' 27th straight home victory.

No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

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No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 75-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.

Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.

But the Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offense and the nation's top-ranked defense couldn't contain American East Conference champions.

The 74 points were the most Virginia had allowed this year.

Lyles was the catalyst.

He diced up Virginia's defense in the second half, getting the hole easily on six different occasions and making easy layups. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead.

Lyles finished with 23 of his points in the second half and Joe Sherburne finished with 14 points.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Retrievers came out confident and motivated in the second half and built a double-digit lead that Virginia could never erase.

Sherburne scored on an and-one drive and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup.

A Tony Bennett timeout couldn't stop the bleeding, as Lyles hit two more 3's and Sherburne hit one to extend UMBC's lead to 14 with 14:57 left in the game. Lyles was fouled on a 3-point shot and suddenly the Retrievers led by 16.

A corner 3-pointer and a layups off a fastbreak by Arkel Lamer gave UMBC its biggest lead at 67-48. From there, the party was on as chants of "UMBC" rang through the arena.

It was yet another early exit for the Cavaliers in a season that seemed to hold so much promise.


UMBC: Despite being undersized and unknown, they shocked the world and made history with an epic game.

Virginia: This isn't the first time Virginia has struggled as the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers trailed by five at halftime in 2014 to Coastal Carolina but went on to win 70-59.


UMBC: Will face No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the second round.

Virginia upsets Cal, grabs first Women's NCAA Tourney win since '09


Virginia upsets Cal, grabs first Women's NCAA Tourney win since '09

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dominique Toussaint hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:08 to go and No. 10 seed held off seventh-seeded Cal 68-62 in the Albany Regional for its first women's NCAA Tournament win in nine years on Friday.

Felicia Aiyeotan led the Cavaliers (19-13) with 16 points, just her second game in double figures since Jan. 7.


Cal had a streak of seven straight first-round NCAA wins entering the game, but played without leading scorer and rebounder Kristine Anigwe, who was medically ruled out after missing a morning shoot-around. The team would not detail what was wrong with the 6-foot-4 junior.

No doubt Anigwe's absence gave Virginia and especially the 6-9 Aiyeotan room to move down low. Aiyeotan was 5-of-5 in the final two quarters as Virginia moved in front.

The Cavaliers will take on the winner of No. 2 seed South Carolina -- coached by the most famous female in Virginia athletics, Dawn Staley -- or No. 15 seeded North Carolina A&T.

Despite missing Anigwe, Cal appeared ready to take control as they scored the first two baskets of the third quarter to move in front 35-30. That's when Virginia went on a 20-8 run to lead 50-43.

Cal was not done, though, as Asha Thomas and Kianna Smith combined to score 12 straight points in the fourth quarter. Thomas' foul shot tied things at 57-all with 1:53 to play.

On Virginia's next time down court, Toussaint struck from the left side of the arc for her go ahead shot. Smith cut things to one with her basket a moments later before Aiyeotan was alone once more for an uncontested basket to restore the Cavaliers margin.

Cal could not respond.


It was Virginia's first NCAA Tournament victory since defeating Marist, 68-61, in the opening round in 2009. The Cavaliers had not been back to the tournament since 2010.

For Cal, it was the latest disappointing postseason showing.

The Golden Bears have only been past the second round one time in coach Lindsay Gottlieb's six tournament appearances when they reached the Final Four in 2013.

Jocelyn Willoughby had 13 points and Aliyah Huland El 12 for Virginia.

Smith led Cal with 20 points while Thomas added 17.


Virginia: The Cavaliers turned up their defense in the final two quarters to overcome Cal's hot start. The Golden Bears had 14 of their 20 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Virginia will need that kind of effort if they hope to go further in the Albany Regional.

Cal: The Golden Bears needed more push from the rest of their starters with Anigwe out and did not get it. Mikayla Cowling and Penina Davidson, who combined for 17 points a game this season, were held to nine points on 4-of-15 shooting.