Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough runs the ball on a fast break ahead of Central Connecticut State's Nicole Ferguson, left, and Geocelis Reynoso in the first half, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in College Park. Maryland won, 86-43.
Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough runs the ball on a fast break ahead of Central Connecticut State's Nicole Ferguson, left, and Geocelis Reynoso in the first half, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in College Park. Maryland won, 86-43. (Gail Burton / Associated Press)

Maryland forward Shatori Walker-Kimbrough got off to another fast start, this time against visiting Central Connecticut State.

Walker-Kimbrough scored 10 of her 18 points in a dominant first quarter, helping the No. 5 Terrapins to an 86-43 blowout on Saturday.

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Brionna Jones added 14 points for undefeated Maryland (8-0), which stopped No. 20 Syracuse on Wednesday after another strong first quarter from Walker-Kimbrough.

She has scored at least nine first-quarter points for Maryland five times this season, a big reason it has rarely shown a hint of vulnerability against overmatched opponents. The junior also scored at least 16 points seven times. She finished 7 of 12 from the field.

"I think when you're a special player, you understand," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. "Shatori's really embraced taking that role for us."

Maryland has three more games against unranked opponents before facing No. 1 UConn on Dec. 28.

Despite winning a fifth game of the season by at least 40 points, Frese said she won't let her team look ahead or put too much value on non-conference victories.

"There are a lot of things for us to continue to improve and do better," Frese said. "And that's what the season is about. It's about every day getting better and to prepare us, really, for March."

Freshman Kiah Gillespie had 11 points, and Tierney Pfirman and Brene Moseley added 10 points each.

Pfirman made her first start after four previous appearances off the bench. She missed Maryland's first three games with a hamstring strain.

Gillespie helped out off the bench. "It's definitely a different approach," she said. "I thought it was good to realize what it was like, to see it from a different perspective."

Emma Stroyan had nine points for Central Connecticut State (1-7), which lost its sixth straight and was held to 53 or fewer points for a sixth time.

"One of our goals was not to be intimidated," said Central Connecticut State coach Beryl Piper. "I think we came in and we just were a little bit intimidated and not really being the aggressors."

Maryland led 22-2 after it held the Blue Devils to 1 of 12 from the field and forced seven first-quarter turnovers. Walker-Kimbrough's three transition layups, two following her steals, closed the period.

The Terps gave up 19 points in the second quarter and 22 in the third, but still won easily.

"Right now we're just trying to build and consistently play defense like that on all possessions," Gillespie said.

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The Terps had eight of their 14 offensive rebounds during the first quarter.

NOTES: The Terps had eight of their 14 offensive rebounds during the first quarter. ... Forward Tierney Pfirman scored 10 points in her first start after four previous appearances off the bench. She missed Maryland's first three games with a hamstring strain. ... After scoring two points in first quarter and seven points in fourth, CCSU has failed to score in double digits in three quarters this season. The Blue Devils scored five first-quarter points in an 81-52 loss at Army. ... They have no other games scheduled against opponents who are currently ranked.

Morgan State 67, Norfolk State 58: Braennan Farrar scored 20 of her game- and career-high 33 points in the fourth quarter to lead the host Bears (2-6, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) past the Spartans (0-6, 0-1).

The win ended Morgan State's six-game losing streak. Farrar's 33 points surpassed her career high of 30, which came in last season's regular-season finale at UMES.

Farrar, who shot 12-for-23 from the field, connected on eight of 11 free throws to go with five rebounds, a game-high five assists and a game-high three steals. Lexus Spears finished with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds before fouling out.

Penn 57, Navy 43: Sydney Stipanovich had 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks to help lead the host Quakers (5-1) past the Mids (4-4).

Navy jumped out quickly on Penn by scoring the first eight points. The Quakers used a 9-0 run at the end of the second quarter to take a 26-19 lead at the break. Sarita Condie had 17 points for the Mids.

North Carolina Central 49, UMES 46: The visiting Hawks (2-5, 0-1 MEAC) lost the lead with just over three minutes to go and fell to the Eagles (1-5, 1-0).

Chantal Thomas made a jumper with 3:05 left for a 45-44 North Carolina Central lead. The Eagles never trailed again. Alexis Udoji had 10 points for UMES.

Loyola Maryland 65, Mount St. Mary's 63: Colleen Marshall scored 23 points and the visiting Greyhounds (3-5) held off a second-half rally by the Mount (2-5).

Mount St. Mary's outscored Loyola 25-17 in the fourth quarter. Sarafina Arthur-Williams went 2-for-2 from the foul line with nine seconds left to draw the Mount within 64-63, but the Greyhounds' Bri Betz-White went 1-for-2 from the line three seconds later.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

NO. 5 MARYLAND 86, CCSU 43

CCSU (1-7): Malone 2-3 1-2 5, Stroyan 4-5 1-1 9, Musgrave 3-6 0-0 7, Miller 1-7 0-0 2, Epps 3-9 0-0 7, Hines 0-2 0-0 0, Lydon 0-0 2-2 2, Patterson 2-7 1-2 7, Reynoso 1-3 0-0 2, Ferguson 0-2 0-0 0, Considine 0-4 1-2 1, Jacobs 0-2 1-2 1, Lewis 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 16-53 7-11 43.

MARYLAND (8-0): Pfirman 5-7 0-0 10, Howard 1-5 0-0 2, Jones 7-10 0-0 14, Pavlech 0-1 0-0 0, Walker-Kimbrough 7-12 4-5 18, Ellison 0-1 0-0 0, Gillespie 4-7 1-1 9, Leslie 4-7 3-3 11, Moseley 4-7 1-1 10, Confroy 3-6 0-0 8, Harrison 1-1 0-0 2, Fraser 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-65 9-10 86.

Halftime—Maryland 41-14. 3-point goals—CCSU 4-15 (Patterson 2-6, Epps 1-1, Musgrave 1-3, Ferguson 0-1, Considine 0-2, Hines 0-2), Maryland 3-10 (Confroy 2-3, Moseley 1-2, Walker-Kimbrough 0-1, Pavlech 0-1, Pfirman 0-1, Leslie 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—CCSU 22 (Malone 10), Maryland 43 (Gillespie 7). Assists—CCSU 7 (Epps, Malone 2), Maryland 23 (Moseley 9). Total fouls—CCSU 13, Maryland 12. A—3,713.

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