The third-ranked Maryland women's basketball team, at least everyone except Brionna Jones, needed to get deep into the second quarter before getting settled in on Wednesday night against Penn State.

By then, Jones was well on her way to a scoring performance matched by only one other player in the program's storied history.


The senior center from Aberdeen's 42 points in an 89-83 victory tied Marissa Coleman's single-game school record set on March 28, 2009, against Vanderbilt in a 78-74 win. Jones made 15 of 19 shots and collected a game-high 14 rebounds to help Maryland hold off several late bids from the Lady Lions at Xfinity Center.

"Coach [Brenda Frese] played us a video about just the right mind-set and coming in and being in the zone and just trying to be at your best," said Jones, who had 24 points in the first half. "I think I just tried to find that place, and today just happened to be my day."

In winning their fourth game in a row, the Terps (16-1, 4-0) claimed first place in the Big Ten as the only team without a conference loss. Maryland's only loss overall this season was to No. 1 Connecticut, 87-81, in the closest margin for the Huskies against a team ranked in the top five.

The Terps used a run bridging the halves to forge a 57-41 lead with 6:47 left in the third quarter, but Penn State (11-6, 1-4) never allowed the proceedings to get further out of hand. The Lady Lions instead trimmed the deficit to 63-55 with 2:34 to play before Maryland concluded the third quarter with a 10-2 flurry for a 73-57 advantage.

Penn State pulled to 83-76 late in the fourth quarter, but freshman point guard Destiny Slocum's 3-pointer brought the lead back to double figures with 1:44 to play. Two free throws from senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough produced the final points after Amari Carter's jumper drew the Lady Lions within four with 16 seconds to play.

Walker-Kimbrough chipped in 16 points for the Terps, who shot 56 percent, held a 52-32 margin in points in the paint and outrebounded Penn State, 46-30. Last season Walker-Kimbrough threatened the Terps' scoring record with 41 points on Feb. 2, 2016, in an 87-67 win against Purdue.

"Bri is more than capable of getting 40 every single night," Walker-Kimbrough said. "We just kept feeding her the ball. She's a dream to have down low. I know that every time I miss, she's going to get the rebound. I probably should have had 12 more turnovers, but being she has great hands, she caught all those balls."

As if reaching the scoring milestone weren't enough, Jones also became the fifth Maryland player to amass 1,000 career rebounds in completing her seventh consecutive doubledouble. The only other players with that many rebounds are former teammate Alyssa Thomas as well as Crystal Langhorne, Coleman and Tianna Hawkins.

Jones's rebound total against Penn State tied her second most in a game this season, behind only a career-high 20 on Nov. 26 in a 79-69 victory over Washington State.

Trailing the Lady Lions by three with three minutes left in the second quarter, Maryland scored 10 in a row beginning with a pair of free throws from Jones. Penn State called timeout, and out of the stoppage, junior guard Kristen Confroy made one of two free throws after drawing a third personal foul against Lady Lions sophomore center Ashanti Thomas.

Ieshia Small followed with a pull-up jumper to give Maryland a 39-37 lead with 1:47 left in the half. It was the first lead for the Terps since they moved in front 18-17 late in the first quarter. Jones added a layup, and after another Lady Lions timeout, Walker-Kimbrough gathered a pass from Small and made her first 3-pointer.

Maryland owned a 44-39 cushion at halftime.

"A special night obviously for Bri," Frese said. "All the hard work she's put in in her four years of her career, from the point of coming to campus with an ACL injury to everything she's done to put herself in this position to be the player she is. We needed every single one of her 42 points tonight to be able to get past Penn State."