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No. 3 Terps roll over Illinois, 94-49

It’s scary to think that this very well may be the best team the Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team has had since joining the Big Ten. They’ve already won the conference both years they have been a part of the league, but on Thursday night they improved to 8-0 in Big Ten play and 20-1 on the year with a dominant 94-49 victory at Illinois. The 45-point victory is the largest margin of victory against a conference opponent since joining the Big Ten and overall since they beat Clemson by 52 points on Feb. 9, 2014.

It did not even take the No. 3 Terps six minutes to gain a double-digit lead on the Illini in Champaign. By halftime, that led ballooned to 22 points and they never took their foot off the gas, not even when they turned to their bench for much of the second half.

Senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led the team with 14 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Classmate Brionna Jones saw her double-double streak come to an end, but scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in just 19 minutes. Maryland used the blowout to unload their bench as they used 12 different players in the game. All of them scored at least five points. All but one played at least 10 minutes in the game.

Maryland used a 14-point run in the first quarter to gain an 18-4 lead on Illinois with 3:30 remaining in the period. Another crucial run came early in the second quarter. After Brandi Beasley hit a fast-break pull-up jumper early in the quarter, Jones responded with an immediate layup and that sparked Maryland on a 10-2 run to give them a 20-point lead.

Illinois cut Maryland’s lead back down to 15 points with a jumper and 3-pointer both by Alex Wittinger, who led her team with 21 points. However, Jones completed a three-point play for Maryland and sparked another 10-2 run to put the Terps up 44-22 at the break.

Maryland has 28 points in the paint in just the first half of the game, besting Illinois’ 22 points in the paint the entire game. In the second half the Terps were relatively limited in the paint, scoring only 16 points inside, but quickly grew the team’s lead up to 32 points on a 3-pointer by Kristen Confroy just three and a half minutes into the third quarter.

Before the quarter was over, Maryland grew their lead to 41 points. Illinois would trim it down to 33 points in the fourth quarter after Beasley hit back-to-back jumpers, the second coming off a steal by Wittinger. A 3-pointer by Sarah Myers for Maryland and they cruise to the victory in the fourth quarter.

Maryland will put their unbeaten conference record on the line on Sunday when they host Iowa at 2 pm at XFINITY Center.

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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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