Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones were far from rusty as they led Maryland past the Nittany Lions last night on the road. The Terps had an extended break between games due to the blizzard last week. There home game with Michigan State that was scheduled for last Saturday was postponed twice. Still, Maryland showed no effects of the break as their two stars led the way in the rout of Penn State.
Maryland got off to another fast start and never looked back, SWK scored 12 points in the opening period. The Nittany Lions didn’t go away easily though, they responded with a run to tie the game at 21. Penn State couldn’t build on that rally though as the visiting Terrapins found their footing and went on an 18-3 run to close the half. Their defense stepped up and Maryland had a 39-24 lead, SWK had 17 points at intermission.
That’s when Brionna Jones got going, Maryland started to pound the ball inside and their stellar post presence delivered. The duo of Jones and Walker-Kimbrough would see an early end to their night with a large lead in place. SWK finished the night with 25 points while Jones recorded another double-double, 17 points and 12 rebounds.
It wasn’t just two players from Maryland that gave Penn State trouble, as they got some solid production from their bench. Brene Moseley had eight points and seven assists in her super sub role while Kiara Leslie scored nine points in her 12 minutes of action. That depth was a huge reason that Maryland was able to sustain the large lead, at one point they led by 39. The freshmen also chipped in, Kiah Gillespie and Brianna Fraser had nine and six points respectively.
The Nittany Lions were led by guard Lindsey Spann with 14 points, they struggled mightily shooting the ball. Maryland’s defense certainly didn’t help the cause, Penn State shot just 21-of-62 from the field for the game (33.9%).
Maryland’s defense played yet another role in a win, forcing 17 turnovers, getting eight steals and blocking four shots. It wasn’t a great performance, but definitely better than expected after their layoff. Maryland hosts Indiana this Saturday at 2pm at the Xfinity Center.