Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.
Brionna Jones returned to the bench for good with eight minutes remaining in the game Wednesday night at Penn State. The Maryland Terrapins held a safe lead of 32 points before eventually winning 89-53, and Coach Brenda Frese opted to give some of Jones’s lesser-played teammates some court time. The junior center finished the game with 17 points: an impressive feat, yes, but it meant that she fell just six points short of hitting her 1,000th career point.
Saturday afternoon, while hosting Indiana in front of a home crowd, Jones will most likely get that chance. She averages 14.8 points per game and has only scored less than ten points once this season (six against UConn Dec. 28). Jones will join her teammate, junior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough in the 1,000 point club: Walker-Kimbrough became the 30th Terp to do so earlier in the season. Senior Brene Moseley, also projected to hit that milestone this season, is 99 points away.
Indiana (13-8, 5-4 Big Ten) is coming off a 64-48 win over Rutgers Wednesday. Sophomore guard Tyra Buss led the team with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, while forward Amanda Cahill and guard Karlee McBride added another 12 points apiece.
The No. 5 Terps are 2-0 against Indiana. Most recently, they defeated the Hoosiers 83-72 last February, where Walker-Kimbrough and center Malina Howard each contributed 16 points.
Saturday’s matchup will bring back some normalcy to Maryland’s season. The team had an unconventional week off of gameplay after Winter Storm Jonas left College Park—and much of the East Coast— buried in snow. It also places the Terps in the thick of conference games. In the ninth of eighteen Big Ten match ups, tournament play is almost around the corner.
Brene Moseley bobble heads will be handed out during the game to 500 fans, the second in a series of four home games where Maryland Athletics will give away bobble heads of the team’s four seniors. Tierney Pfirman bobble heads were handed out Jan. 17 against Northwestern and. Chloe Pavlech and Malina Howard’s bobble heads will be available at future games.
The game will be streamed online at BTN2Go.com at 2 p.m.