Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.
On Monday morning, Brionna Jones was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for Women’s Basketball. On Monday night, Jones made a strong case for a repeat.
The senior center scored 25 points and added 14 rebounds to help lead the Terps to a 79-60 win over intrastate opponent Loyola. With the win, Maryland improved to 11-0 on the season.
The Terps opened up with a quick lead, heading into the second quarter up 26-12 thanks to eight points from Jones and seven points from Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
Maryland then took a 46-21 lead at the half thanks in part to their swarming defense, which finished with 15 steals and four blocks. Freshman Blair Watson, who only scored one point in 11 minutes, still found a way to help her team by finishing with three steals and two blocks on the night.
However, Loyola came out swinging in the second half. The Greyhounds outscored the Terps 24-18 in the third quarter and limited them to only 15 points in the fourth. A few sloppy Maryland turnovers made the 19-point victory seem a lot closer than it was.
With Loyola making a push midway through the fourth quarter, the Terps starters, who have become accustomed to resting in the final minutes of the game, stepped up to maintain the large lead. A 3-point basket by freshman Destiny Slocum, followed by a steal from Jones, helped push the deficit for Loyola back to 20 points. From there, Maryland was able to coast to another double-digit victory.
Not to be outdone by her older sister, freshman Stephanie Jones added seven points and four rebounds in the win.
Besides adding 17 points, Walker- Kimbrough also moved up on the all-time scoring list for Maryland, passing former Terp great Christy Winters-Scott at No. 7 on the list. Walker-Kimbrough has now scored 1,679 points in her career at College Park.
The Terps now have a nine day break before taking on Duquesne in Pittsburgh on December 21.
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