Walker-Kimbrough's encore performance leads No. 5 Maryland over No. 17 Michigan State, 85-76
By Associated Press
Feb 05, 2016 | 11:40 PM
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough put her name in the Maryland record book with a prolific shooting performance that rendered No. 17 Michigan State defenseless.
Walker-Kimbrough scored 30 points, Brionna Jones had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the fifth-ranked Terrapins topped the Spartans 85-76 Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
Following a 41-point performance at Purdue, Walker-Kimbrough came up with a satisfying encore. The 5-foot-11 junior went 9 for 16 from the floor, 3 for 3 from beyond the arc and made all nine of her foul shots.
Though Walker-Kimbrough's effort at Purdue was one point short of the school record, her 71 points is the most ever by a Maryland women's player over two successive games.
Whether she's driving to the basket, firing from outside and popping 15-foot jumpers, Walker-Kimbrough is finding the bottom of the net with alarming regularity.
Michigan State (17-5, 8-3) hoped to move into a second-place tie with the Terrapins but was outplayed from the outset. The Spartans fell into an early 11-2 hole, trailed by 17 in the second quarter and used a late surge to make the final score respectable.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Jan. 23, but was postponed because of snow.
Michigan State: The Spartans are in the midst of a stretch of four games in eight days. … Powers has scored at least 20 points in four straight games. She came up short of matching her career high of 35, set in January 2014 against Nebraska. … MSU had won eight of nine, the lone setback at Indiana on Jan. 13.
Maryland: Walker-Kimbrough also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals. … Moseley scored 15 of her 17 points after halftime. … The Terrapins improved to 6-0 against the Spartans, including 4-0 at home. … The Terrapins, who came in with a nation's-best 17.5 rebounding margin, finished with a 43-33 advantage on the boards.