On paper, the sixth ranked Maryland Terrapins should have had a relatively easy contest against the Badgers. Wisconsin came into the game on a four game losing streak before their match up with Maryland. It was sloppy, but they got the job done with an 83-77 victory over Wisconsin.
In the first half, Wisconsin delivered the first punch and it showed as the Wisconsin took a 12-7 lead with 4:50 to go as Coach Frese called a timeout. Everything leading into the timeout was a poor performance by the Terps. Offensively, Brionna Jones couldn’t get it going and the team missed a lot of shots that usually go in. That’s when Shatori Walker-Kimbrough begin to assert her dominance by scoring the team’s last five points for ending the quarter.
Her play along with the insertion of Brene Moseley allowed Maryland to begin to seize control in the second quarter, going on a 10-0 run. The Badgers however did not fold as they kept up their intensity as both teams were trading buckets. Things got a little rough, sloppy offensive possessions for the Terps until Shatori hit back-to-back threes to close out the first half.
Maryland’s first half was subpar to their standards and they still managed to have the lead. As the third quarter began, Brionna Jones got going with six straight points. The junior center only had four points in the first half.
The Badgers still hung there for a while, then Brene and Shatori either scored or assisted on every point during Maryland’s 10-0 run. From that point on, the game seemed to slip away from Wisconsin as the third quarter ended 63-51 in favor of Maryland.
In the fourth quarter, it was more of the same as Brene, Brionna and Shatori helped fuel an 11-2 run which put the Maryland up by 21 with 6:08 to go in the game. Wisconsin would go quietly, as Nicole Bauman led the way with 23 points and Michala Johnson had 18 of her own.
Their will not to give up help cut the 21 point deficit to six before time ran out as Maryland would hold on to win 83-77. Badgers coach Bobbie Kelsey complimented her team after the game. “To be down by 20 points and for us to come back says a lot about these kids.”
Although Maryland did not turn in it’s best performance against Wisconsin, games like that shows they can win in under any circumstance. With one more game before the Big 10 tournament, its time to see if Maryland has what it takes to make it to another Final Four and more importantly a shot at the title