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No. 2 Terps rout Wisconsin, 89-40

With 22 points on 9-for-9 shooting in 25 minutes, senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough moved to No. 5 on Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball scoring list with 1,980 career points. She is No. 10 among Division I active scorers. Her All-American teammates Brionna Jones posted hear Big Ten leading 19th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds as she moved up to No. 4 on the Terps rebounding list with 1,105 in her career. She is also eight in scoring with 1,747 points and 20th among active scorers.

Their accomplishments all came in an 89-40 blowout home victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday night. No. 2 Maryland continued their greatest start in program history as they improved to 26-1. They are still unbeaten in Big Ten play through 14 games and can clinch their third-straight Big Ten title on Monday if they beat second-place Ohio State in Columbus.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough moved into fifth place on Maryland’s scoring list with 22 points against Wisconsin.

Across the board, Maryland was just better than the Badgers. Maryland outshot Wisconsin 51.6-percent to 31.5-percent. They outrebounded them 46-24, outscored them in the paint 44-24, beat then 31-2 on points off turnovers, 22-5 in second chance points and 12-0 in fast-break points. The Badgers committed 20 turnovers in the game. Maryland stole the ball 17 times. They only turned the ball over 10 times and did it without starting point guard Destiny Slocum, who was held out of her first game of the year.

“I’m really proud of our game,” Terps head coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought this team set the tone and it started with our seniors and our defense. I thought we were ready to play — everyone was locked in. We came out early and punched right away. … We shared the basketball and I thought it was one of our most complete games as a team. When you look at our bench depth, it was tremendous tonight, and we’re excited to be able to build upon this game.”

Maryland led wire-to-wire in the game. They scored the first 16 points of the game and held the Badgers without a score for over six minutes. Thirteen of Maryland’s points in their opening run were scored by their duo of seniors. Freshman Kaila Charles, who had 15 points and six rebounds in the game, completed a three-point play for the other points in it.

Malayna Johnson finally got Wisconsin on the board with a jumper and it was followed up by a 3-pointer from Suzanne Gilreath to make it an 11-point game. But there was nothing close to a comeback in store for the Badgers.

Maryland opened the second quarter with the first 13 points. Just two minutes and seven seconds into the second quarter the Terps gained a 21-point lead on a layup by Charles off a steal by Walker-Kimbrough and assists by Kristen Confroy. A 3-pointer not too long later by Blair Watson pushed the Terps up by 26 points before Courtney Fredrickson scored her first of a Wisconsin-leading 14 points in the game.

The Badgers had a more successful second quarter scoring, but so did the Terps. Maryland outscored the Badgers 25-9 in the second quarter and led 43-14 at halftime.

“I thought our starters set the tone defensively and they were locked in,” Frese said. “If we made a mistake, we went back and would take charge. If we had a loose ball, it was ours. I just think our mentality — which led to a lot of success for steals by being active in the passing lanes — really helped us. I’m excited. This group is really competitive and they continue to show just how dominant they can be.”

Wisconsin didn’t let Maryland go on a huge run to start the third quarter, but the Terps continued to hit shots at a high rate and extend their big lead. With 6:44 showing in the third quarter, a layup by Charles put Maryland ahead by 36 points. She and Watson could help give the Terps a 40-point lead later in the third quarter.

With a 71-31 lead entering the final quarter, Maryland used the time to unload their bench, but still out-scored the Badgers 18-9 as they took the 49-point victory. Watson led the bench effort with 10 points. Kiah Gillespie scored six points in eight minutes.

The 40 points scored by Wisconsin were the fewest allowed by the Terps this year. The 49 point margin of victory was the most since the team’s 101-49 blowout of Saint Peter’s on Dec. 8 this season, and largest margin of victory in a conference game since they beat Clemson 95-43 On Feb. 9, 2014.

“Coach has been emphasizing consistency no matter who we play,” Walker-Kimbrough said.”We are just trying to focus on ourselves and we are trying to get better each and every day in practice and in the games. Just trying to play that level each and every game no matter who the opposing team is. I think that is our next step on offense and defense, just maintaining that consistency and maintaining that energy throughout a 40-minute game.”

The Terps have two games remaining in the regular season, including their trip to Ohio State on Monday. They will finish the regular season at home against Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 26. Jones and Walker-Kimbrough will both have their jersey’s raised in XFINITY Center immediately after the Senior Day game.

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