State women (Jan. 27): No. 5 Terps roll to 6th straight; UMBC wins

Maryland guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) dribbles past Penn State forward Kaliyah Mitchell (15) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in State College, Pa. Maryland defeated Penn State 89-53.
Maryland guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) dribbles past Penn State forward Kaliyah Mitchell (15) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in State College, Pa. Maryland defeated Penn State 89-53. (John Beale / Associated Press)

As a high school star in Western Pennsylvania, one distinction always eluded Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

She never got a chance to play inside Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. But she made the most of a trip to the Nittany Lions' venue as a Terp on Wednesday night, scoring 25 points to lead No. 5 Maryland's 89-53 victory.


"This is where the state championships were played and I never made it to the state championship," Walker-Kimbrough said. "So I kind of like to think this is my state championship every time I come to play."

Walker-Kimbrough, who scored 21 points when the two teams met in Happy Valley last season, kept up her torrid pace in her home state. She made five of her first six shots for 12 first-quarter points and finished the first half with 17.

Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) scored 17 and added 12 rebounds for the Terps, who won their sixth straight game. Maryland (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten) never trailed and led by as much as 39 with 3:42 to play.

"When you have Shatori and Bri clicking on all cylinders, then everyone else can kind of play off of them," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.

Unbeaten on the road so far this season, Maryland looked right at home on Penn State's court. The Terps made eight of 13 field goals to open a 21-12 first-quarter lead. Most of those rolled off the fingertips of Walker-Kimbrough, who found her shot immediately. She scored quickly in transition and was methodical with her midrange shot. She was 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

Maryland led 39-24 at halftime but not before a Penn State surge that helped the Nittany Lions tie the game early in the second quarter.

Four Penn State players combined to lead a 9-0 run to pull to a 21-21 tie four minutes in. But the Terps took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Brianna Fraser moments later. Fraser's makes sparked Maryland after a sluggish second-quarter start and the Terps took control with an 18-3 run.

"I thought our balance was really, really good tonight," Frese said. "I thought defensively, we were able to do a lot of great things and when we were challenged we got that run that helped us pull away early."

Jones dominated down low with Penn State forward Peyton Whitted in foul trouble. Jones scored in the paint on back-to-back possessions prompting Washington to send Whitted back out. Jones added another basket on the ensuing possession to push Maryland's lead to 48-26.

With a double-digit lead late, Frese chose to give Walker-Kimbrough and Jones a rest down the stretch. The duo combined for just 20 minutes in the second half, but the Terps bench kept the onslaught going with 40 points.

"Maryland is a top 10 team in the country for a reason," Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. "They're really deep. They come off the bench and they got productivity."

UMBC 62, Binghamton 51: Taylor McCarley and Pandora Wilson had double-doubles to lead the host Retrievers (12-8, 3-4 America East) past the Bearcats (9-11, 4-3).

McCarley had 17 points and 10 assists with eight rebounds. Wilson added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

UMBC opened things up with a layup by Amanda Hagaman and from there, the Retrievers dominated a majority of the first quarter. Just minutes after a UMBC steal and bucket, Laura Castaldo made a layup and drew the foul.


The Bearcats would answer, hitting four straight to take a 9-7 lead thanks to nine points from Alyssa James. The Retrievers had the final say in the quarter, with Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) hitting a buzzer-beating 3 three to give UMBC a 14-11 lead after one.

Quarter two saw The Bearcats jumped ahead early in the second quarter, taking the lead after a Kim Albrecht 3-pointer by Kim Albrecht. However, McCarley got a steal and a fast-break layup to cut the deficit to 22-20. She then gave UMBC the lead with a mid-range jumper to make it 24-22. Wilson tipped in a UMBC miss at the horn to give them a 29-24 lead at the break.

The Retrievers continued to pressure the Bearcats in the second half, as McCarley stole a the Binghamton pass and scored. fished on the other end. That would be the start of four straight possessions with a steal, forcing a Binghamton timeout with UMBC ahead 35-24. UMBC used an 8-0 run midway through the quarter to extend their its lead to 41-24 before Binghamton went on a run. They cut it to as close as 12, but McCarley hit a huge and one to push the lead to 50-35 after three.

In the fourth, Kim Albrecht opened up with a pair of 3-pointers, but the Retrievers answered with a 7-0 run, sparked by five points from senior Capree Garner.

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