With only a few weeks until the postseason, the Maryland women's basketball team came in to Piscataway looking to hit its stride. The Terps left with a convincing win in what coach Brenda Frese called one of Maryland's most complete games of the season.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 22 points and Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) added 14 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 6 Maryland beat Rutgers, 73-59, on Sunday.
"I really liked how we were clicking on all cylinders," Frese said, adding, "Really important and really great to see a step forward, and to get a road win is always a tough thing."
Trailing 14-13 after the first quarter, Maryland (24-3, 13-2 Big Ten Conference) took control of the game by hitting 3-pointers. The Terps made three straight 3-pointers to start the second quarter.
"Our press kind of really slowed them down" in the second quarter, Frese said. "It was really great to see how we executed and the energy we had, and I thought we did a really good job communicating, especially in the zone. And I thought [Tyler] Scaife and [Kahleah] Copper are two great players, but I thought we did a great job of really kind of knowing where they're at and making it difficult."
Brene Moseley hit a 3-pointer and then assisted on another one to help the Terps outscore the Scarlet Knights 20-8 in the second quarter and take a 34-21 lead in to the half.
"We had some bad turnovers. We started rushing the shots," Scaife said. "I know myself, I started not letting it flow as much and shooting a little top quickly. And they started capitalizing off of us missing, whether it be going to the post or fast-break points, and I think that's where they kind of took off."
Walker-Kimbrough's layup with 2:04 left in the half gave Maryland its first double-digit lead of the game. Victoria Harris cut into Maryland's lead after hitting a pair of free throws for Rutgers to make it 30-21.
It was the last time Rutgers would trail by fewer than 10 points.
Kiah Gillespie hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter off a pass from Moseley to give Maryland a 56-38 lead. The Terps would lead by as many as 22 points after Walker-Kimbrough hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-41 with 6:39 left in the game.
"Just wanted to come out more aggressive, not just offensively, but also defensively," Walker-Kimbrough said. "I think that's where I lacked last game, but just being able to give the energy my team needs wherever that energy needs to be at, whether it's defense, rebounding, or getting people open shots or scoring it myself, but being able to get that energy and coming out aggressive."
Copper had 23 points and Scaife added 11 points for the Scarlet Knights (16-12, 7-9).