After dominating #20 Syracuse earlier in the week to the tune of 82-64, the making of a great team is how can they respond in a home game to an unranked opponent. Maryland was charged that exact task as they hosted the Central Connecticut Blue Devils. Junior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough left nothing to chance as she dominated the first quarter with 10 of the teams 22 points. With a first quarter score off 22-2, the Terps continued to put the pressure on their visitors by only allowing five total points in the game’s first 15 minutes. SWK has done a great job all season of attacking teams early on the offensive end of the floor.
Things begin to shift in the third quarter as the Terps began to relax in regard to their intensity as Central Connecticut began to drain shots. The Blue Devils used that lapse of focus and intensity of Maryland to propel them to a 12-6 run. That run midway through the third was the only hope the blue devils had at making it a competitive game. After the TV timeout with 4:36 to go, the Terps got themselves back together with a 10-3 run to end the quarter, including a buzzer beating floater by Senior guard Brene Moseley.
In the fourth quarter, the Terps showed why they are the fifth ranked program in the country. Outscoring the Blue Devils 23-7, SWK, Moseley and Kristen Confroy led the charge by either scoring or assisting on every made basket. Walker-Kimbrough finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assist and two blocks while Brene Moseley finished one assist shy of a double-double, 10 points and nine assists.
Afterwards Coach Brenda Frese attested to the fact that her team came to play for the opening and closing quarters but the combination of careless turnovers and drop in intensity is the reason why the Blue devils were able to score 34 of their 43 points in the second and third quarters. She also spoke on how Walker-Kimbrough’s continuous hot first quarter starts and she added by saying “I think when you’re a special player, you understand…Shatori’s really embraced taking that role for us.”