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No. 6 Maryland women beat Rutgers 73-59

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No. 6 Maryland women beat Rutgers 73-59

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- With only a few weeks until the postseason, Maryland came in to Piscataway looking to hit its stride. The Terrapins left with a convincing win in what coach Brenda Frese called one of Maryland's most complete games of the season.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 22 points and Brionna Jones added 14 points and 11 rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Terrapins beat Rutgers 73-59 on Sunday.

"I really liked how we were clicking on all cylinders," Frese said, adding, "Really important and really great to see a step forward and to get a road win is always a tough thing."

Trailing 14-13 after the first quarter, Maryland took control of the game hitting 3-pointers. The Terrapins made three straight 3s to start the second quarter.

"Our press kind of really slowed them down (in the second quarter)," Frese said. "It was really great to see how we executed and the energy we had and I thought we did a really good job communicating, especially in the zone and I thought (Tyler) Sciafe and (Kahleah) Copper are two great players, but I thought we did a great job of really kind of knowing where they're at and making it difficult."

Brene Moseley hit a 3-pointer and then assisted on another one to help the Terrapins outscore the Scarlet Knights 20-8 in the second quarter to take a 34-21 lead in to the half.

"We had some bad turnovers. We started rushing the shots," Sciafe said. "I know myself, I started not letting it flow as much and shooting a little to quickly and they started capitalizing off of us missing, whether it be going to the post or fast break points and I think that's where they kind of took off."

Walker-Kimbrough's layup with 2:04 left in the half gave Maryland its first double-digit lead of the game. Victoria Harris cut in to Maryland's lead after hitting a pair of free throws for Rutgers to make it 30-21.

It was the last time Rutgers would trail by less than 10 points.

Kiah Gillespie hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter off a pass from Moseley to give Maryland a 56-38 lead. The Terps would lead by as many as 22 points after Walker-Kimbrough hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-41 with 6:39 left in the game.

"Just wanted to come out more aggressive, not just offensively but also defensively," Walker-Kimbrough said. "I think that's where I lacked last game, but just being able to give the energy my team needs wherever that energy needs to be at, whether it's defense, rebounding, or getting people open shots or scoring it myself, but being able to get that energy and coming out aggressive."

Copper had 23 points and Sciafe added 11 points for the Scarlet Knights (16-12, 7-9).

TIP-INS

Maryland: Moseley had five assists to surpass 400 in her career. ... The Terrapins reserves outscored Rutgers 24-2.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have lost 40 of their last 41 games against Top 10. The last victory came February 5, 2008 when they defeated UConn at home.

THE 100 CLUB:

After hitting three 3-pointers on Sunday, Walker-Kimbrough has 100 in her career. ... Jones and Walker-Kimbrough have now played in 100 straight games.

UP NEXT

Maryland: Hosts Wisconsin on Thursday.

Rutgers: At Purdue on Thursday.

MORE MARYLAND: How, literally sickened by Minnesota loss, Maryland bounced back

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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