COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The third-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (32-2) stormed past West Virginia, 83-56, Sunday to advance to the Terrapins’ 13th NCAA Sweet Sixteen and eighth under head coach Brenda Frese.
Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Destiny Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland, which will next face the winner of Monday's game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.
Teana Muldrow led West Virginia (24-11) with 16 points. Leading scorer Tynice Martin was limited to 10 points on 3 of 18 shooting.
The game turned in the second quarter, when Maryland outscored West Virginia 26-8 to take a 38-24 lead. After opening with a 23-4 surge, the Terrapins gave up two straight baskets before Slocum shot a two-handed, 70-foot shot from the opposite end of the court at the buzzer.
West Virginia took a five-game winning streak into the contest, including an upset of Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament championship. On this day, however, the Mountaineers were no match for a Maryland squad.
Maryland trailed 16-12 after a first quarter in which it missed 13 of 18 shots from the floor and were outrebounded 14-11.
The tone shifted dramatically at the outset of the second period. Walker-Kimbrough drilled a 3-pointer and added a fast-break layup, Jones bulled her way in the lane for two baskets and Slocum popped a jumper for a 23-16 lead.
West Virginia went scoreless for more than six minutes before Kristina King ended the drought with a jumper.
This marks Maryland’s 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins are 44-23 (.657) all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 32-11 (.744) under Brenda Frese. She’s led the Terrapins to eight Sweet Sixteens, six Elite Eights, three Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA title. The Terps are also 23-4 in NCAA Tournament games in College Park and 17-3 in NCAA Tournament games in the XFINITY Center.
This is the highest scoring team in program history at 90.1 points per game. The previous high was 89.7 by the 1977-78 team. Jones has scored 681 points this season, just six points away from topping the Maryland season scoring record of 686 by Vicky Bullet (1989). She is also 17 rebounds from Alyssa Thomas' season rebounding mark of 381 (2014) with 365 this year.
Jones is leading the country in field goal percentage (.698). for the second straight year. The Terrapins lead the country in scoring (90.1) and are No. 2 in field goal percentage (.512) and rebounding margin (+14.3). They are third in scoring margin (+26.0) and fourth in assists (20.1).
Jones and Walker-Kimbrough were two of 14 players in the country named to the Wooden Award National Ballot and two of 10 named ESPNW All-Americans. Jones is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy.
The Terrapins have advanced to the NCAA Regionals at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. March 25-27. For the full bracket, click here.
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