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

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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."

STILL WAITING

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.

GET WHAT YOU EXPECT

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."

TIP-INS

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).

UP NEXT

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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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.