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Terps breeze past Gophers and into semis

It was another game where just about everything when the Terps way. The No. 4 Maryland women’s basketball team cruised to a 92-80 victory over Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, clinching a spot in Saturday’s semifinals against Michigan State.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led Maryland with 28 points on a stellar 11-for-15 shooting effort that included 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Brionna Jones had another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. But as has been the case all year long, the Terps had plenty of production outside of their top duo. Freshmen Kaila Charles and Destiny Slocum scored 15 and 13 points, respectively. Charles finished the game with six rebounds while Slocum had six assists.

Overall, Maryland shot 52.8-percent from the floor and after a few early exchanged of baskets, it was all Terps.

Minnesota scored the first four points of the game, but Maryland used an 11-point run to take a 14-6 lead with 4:20 left in the first quarter and never looked back. It didn’t even take a full quarter for them to go up by double digits in the game. By the end of the first quarter, Maryland led 27-14 after a late 3-pointer by Ieshia Small put them ahead by 13 points.

Maryland’s lead was cut down to five points three minutes into the second quarter after the Golden Gophers scored seven points in a row, but the Terps responded back and pushed ahead by six points on a fast-break layup by Walker-Kimbrough before Gadiva Hubbard did the same thing just before halftime to make the score 47-33.

There would be no similar sort of run to get back close to the Terps in the second half for Minnesota. Maryland hovered around a 13-point lead in the third quarter but in the fourth quarter, they grew their lead to as many as 23 points after an eight-point spurt that was started by a 3-pointer by Walker-Kimbrough and followed by a three-point by from her senior classmate Jones. Kristen Confroy them hit a layup to make it an 87-64 game.

The game was in cruise control for Maryland after that.

Slocum broke the Maryland freshman assists record and three-point record during the game. Her six-assist performance gave her 174 on the year, topping Dara Taylor’s mark in 2010, and her two 3-pointer put her past Kristi Toliver with 59 made.

The Terps will tip off their semifinals game against Michigan State at 6:30 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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Corey Johns

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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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