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No. 4 Terps over-power Hounds,79-60

Brionna Jones had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a win over in-state foe Loyola.

If you would have told the Loyola Greyhounds women’s basketball team that on their home court at Reitz Arena in Baltimore they would have four players score in double-figures, would out-score the No. 4 Maryland Terrapins in the second half and hold their bench of only 16 points while out-scoring them in they would have been ecstatic that were probably going to be pulling off the biggest upset in their program’s history.

But Maryland has so many ways they can win. This time, though, it was pretty simple. All-American seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough absolutely dominated the game. Jones was unmatched inside and scored 25 points with 14 rebounds while Walker-Kimrbough went 4-for-8 from the floor and hit two 3-pointers as she scored 17 points in the game to help lead the Terps to a 79-60 victory.

Loyola had nobody with the size or athleticism to match what those two could do. Maryland dominated the Greyhounds in the first half. They made 60-percent of their shots in the first two quarters combined. Maryland only took three minutes and two seconds to go gain a double-digit lead. A 3-pointer by freshman Destiny Slocum game Maryland a 13-2 lead. Jones followed with a layup to put the Terps ahead by 13 points less than four minutes into the game.

Jones put Maryland ahead by as many as 17 points in the first quarter of the game with a layup. Alexis Gray continued her red-shot shooting from outside with a 3-pointer right after, but Maryland dominated the Greyhounds in the paint 18-6.

And while Gray had one early 3-pointer, her hot shooting cooled off and she didn’t make another in the game. Loyola went only 6-for-20 from distance as they struggled to get inside against the bigger Terps. Lauren Daugherty made three Loyola’s 3-pointers in her 16 point effort and Bri Betz-White went 2-for-2 from distance, but she was regularly going inside in her 17-point effort. Calry Monzo and Stephanie Karcz each scored 10 points in the game for Loyola. The problem was the bench didn’t step up. After the four players that scored in double-digits for Loyola, the nine other players who saw the floor combined for just seven points.

Loyola struggled to get anything going in the second quarter and were limited to only nine points while Maryland pulled away and took a 46-21 lead into halftime.

But while the Terps held a 25-point lead that the Greyhounds just couldn’t come close to making up, Loyola out-scored them in the second half.

Both Daugherty and Betz-White completed three point plays in the first minute of the second half. Betz-White scored nine points in the third quarter alone, and eight points in the first four and a half minute out of halftime.

Her 3-pointer with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter cut Maryland’s lead down to 16 points, but Kristen Confroy immediately responded with a 3-pointer of her own and Walker-Kimbrough nailed another one to get Maryland back ahead by 22 points.

The closest Loyola would get after halftime was 15 points with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter off a jumper by Monzo. Maryland led by no less than 17 points in the fourth quarter.

The Terps remain unbeaten through their first 11 games of the season. They’ll stick on the road and will travel to Duquesne on Wednesday, Dec. 21 before returning home to play the dominant No. 1 UConn Huskies on Thursday, Dec. 29. Loyola will play at George Washington on Friday, Dec. 23 before opening Patriot League play at home against American a week later.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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