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No. 5 Terps rally to beat No. 7 Louisville

Brionna Jones posted a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double against Louisville.

Brionna Jones posted a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double against Louisville.

After several tests against lesser competition to start the season, the No. 5 Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team faced their toughest opponent of the year so far when they went to Louisville, Kentucky to take on the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday evening, and the result was the same as it’s been all year long., earning a 78-72 victory.

Maryland was trailing in the fourth quarter but out-scored the Cardinals 13-5 to end the game with a victory.

Senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 26 points off 8-for-15 shooting from the floor with a 9-for-9 performance from the foul line. Classmate Brionna Jones was as usual her biggest helper, posting a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double while going 7-for-8 from the floor in 24 minutes.

A hot start by the Cardinals helped them to an 18-9 lead with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter. Asia Durr had already scored seven of his team-best 20 points for the Cardinals by that point. She then responded to a pair of Walker-Kimbrough free throws with another jumper to give her 11 with more than two minutes left in the opening quarter as the Cardinals got back ahead by nine points.

While Maryland still trailed at the end of the period, sisters Brionna and Stephanie Jones hit back-to-back jumpers, with the elder sister finishing a three point play to get the Terps back within four points with 91 seconds before the short break.

A 3-pointers by Terps freshman Destiny Slocum, who finished with 13 points to go with five rebounds and four assists, made it a 24-20 game at the end of the break.

Cardinals guard Briahanna Jackson hit a layup to open the second quarter, but Maryland pulled ahead with a 10-point run over nearly a four-minute span to push the Terps ahead 30-26. Durr responded with a 3-pointers dealt by Jackson to get Louisville back within a point of Maryland, but Jones crashed inside for a layup and helped Maryland continue on to a 19-5 run.

With 3:14 remaining in the first half, Maryland had a 40-32 lead.

The Cardinals responded with a run at the end of the half of their own, scoring six of the last eight points of the second quarter to make it a four-point game at the break. They continued their run through halftime to make it a one-point game with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter after a Myisha Hines-Allen jumper.

Maryland refused to give up their lead. Kaila Charles nail a mid-range jumper and Kristen Confroy sunk a 3-pointers. Charles then hit to more jumpers to make it a nine-point run for the Terps to give them a 53-43 lead with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter.

The Terps stayed ahead until the end of the third period and with Confroy hitting three free throws in the final seconds of the period after drawing a foul on an outside shot, they led 62-53. But the Cardinals were able to show their resolve too. Louisville opened the final quarter with an 11-point run to take a 64-62 lead on a good layup by Jackson.

But Maryland took over the game in the final three minutes. The Cardinals were out-scored 13-5 over the final three minutes of the game as Maryland pulled ahead and kept their distance. They closed out the victory going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final minute of the game.

The Terps out-shot the Cardinals 48.1% to 39.2% in the game. Durr was shut down after halftime. She made only one shot in the second half after scoring 17 points before the break and finished the game shooting just 8-for-27 from the floor and 3-for-14 from distance.

Maryland will return home on Sunday when they’ll face in-state rival UMBC on Sunday at 2 pm.

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