The Maryland Terrapins are drawing near the end of their non-conference schedule, they annihilated their last two opponents in Southern University and Maryland Eastern Shore. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough has continued to be nothing short of outstanding, the Junior guard was awarded the first Big Ten Player of the Week this season just a few weeks ago. The Terps have a relatively young team compared to last season and they’ve definitely started to gel during this portion of the schedule. It only gets tougher from this point on, still there are several positives to hang their hats on.
“We needed our nonconference to grow as a team, to get our feet wet” – Brenda Frese, Terps Head Coach
Against Southern, two upperclassman achieved milestones in SWK and senior point guard Brene Moseley. SWK scored her 1,000th career point, becoming just the 30th player in program history to eclipse the mark. Moseley notched her 300th career assist, just the 18th player in program history to dish out more than 300 assists. It was fitting that Walker-Kimbrough’s milestone basket came on an assist from Moseley, who had 10 on the day. The Terps continued their trend of taking high percentage shots and making them, the went on to rout Southern 94-61.
Yesterday against Maryland Eastern Shore, the Terps would make history yet again. Their 106-30 demolition is now the largest margin of victory in program history. It wasn’t expected to be an extremely competitive, still the margin of victory was a bit impressive. Three players scored 20 points in the contest in SWK, Moseley and Kiarra Leslie. The Terps shot a crazy 68% on the day, 21-of-31 from the floor at the half.
Maryland is leading the country in scoring with 89 points a contest and in the rebounding margin at +21.8 per game. Junior Brionna Jones is leading the nation in field goal percentage at a shade under 70% (.695) and SWK is leading the Conference in three point shooting at 53.1%. It’ll be interesting to see how these numbers fluctuate as Conference play starts next month. Still, Maryland has a lot to be proud of heading into their matchup with Connecticut on December 28.