No. 8 Maryland women hold off Michigan for road win, 74-67
Jan 14, 2016 | 8:17 PM
|ANN ARBOR, Mich.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and the high-scoring Maryland women's basketball team had to win this one with defense.
Walker-Kimbrough had 15 points and seven rebounds and the eighth-ranked Terps shook off pesky Michigan, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 74-67 victory Thursday night. Maryland won despite shooting just 41 percent from the field on a night when the Terps' perimeter touch deserted them for most of the game.
"It started on the defensive end," Walker-Kimbrough said. "We knew we had to make shots difficult, and then limit it to one shot."
Tierney Pfirman added 16 points, and Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 13 for the Terps (15-2, 4-1 Big Ten Conference), who had 21 offensive rebounds. Maryland had 18 second-chance points to Michigan's six.
"I thought we were right there," Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. "I was really proud of the way we played and the things that we took away. They just really wore us down in their ability to rebound the basketball."
Katelynn Flaherty led the Wolverines with 23 points.
Michigan (10-6, 2-3) trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, but the Wolverines rallied and made a game of it early in the third quarter. Michigan led 52-50 with 5:25 remaining in the third after a three-point play by Hallie Thome, but the Wolverines were shut out for the rest of the period.
"Sometimes you just have to be able to find a way to kind of grind out a game," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought Michigan did a phenomenal job. They kept scrapping. They made it extremely difficult."
Maryland began the fourth with a 55-52 lead, and Brene Moseley connected from 3-point range, snapping a streak of nine straight misses beyond the arc for the Terps.
It was 61-57 after a 3-pointer by Flaherty, but Maryland responded with a 12-0 run to open up a 16-point lead. Jones, who had been quiet for most of the game, hurt Michigan inside, scoring nine points in the final quarter.
Maryland made its first four 3-point attempts and led 16-7 with 5:14 to play in the first quarter. Then the Terps didn't make another shot from long distance until Moseley's at the start of the fourth.