Walker-Kimbrough leads No. 5 Maryland women in 97-47 rout vs. Loyola Maryland
By By Todd Karpovich
Dec 09, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Midway through the third quarter, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough made a steal at half court, swung the ball behind her back and never broke stride on her way to an easy layup.
The flashy play by the junior guard seemed to spark the No. 5 Maryland women's basketball team to a 97-47 rout of cross-state rival Loyola Maryland on Tuesday night.
"She sets the tone. We really go as Shatori goes," Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "When Shatori is in a great place, our team is in a great place. Just to see her growth and where she is leading us is exciting."
Walker-Kimbrough scored 21 points and Brene Moseley had 15 for Maryland, which shot 36 of 68 (52.9 percent) from the field. Brianna Fraser added 11 points, and Kristen Confroy finished with 10.
Maryland (9-0) plays Southern and UMES before a showdown with No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 28.
Diana Logan went 5-for-7 from 3-point range and had 19 points for Loyola (3-6), which finished with just one free throw.
Colleen Marshall and Logan hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second quarter and get the Greyhounds within four. The Terps then overwhelmed Loyola with their size and speed, pulling away with a 26-6 run capped by Moseley's layup.
"I thought we responded really well," Walker-Kimbrough said. "We ramped up our defense. We got easy shots on offense and we executed. We sped them up on defense. I thought we did a good job on our press."
The Terps got points from nine players, including 14 from Walker-Kimbrough, and led 50-24 at the break. Maryland scored 16 points off 11 turnovers by Loyola.
"They are always hard to guard," Loyola coach Joe Logan said. "They are solid and so steady. I thought we got good looks but they just didn't go in. I'm proud of how we played. I just wished we could have made a few more shots."