LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team (5-0) cruised past No. 21 Arizona State (2-2) with a dominant 83-42 victory Friday afternoon in the South Point Shootout at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 20 points and Maryland led by as many as 32 points. She led five Terps in double figures. Brionna Jones added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Brianna Fraser scored 11 points for the Terrapins. Freshmen Kaila Charles and Destiny Slocum added 10 points each.
"It's early, but I love the competitiveness," coach Brenda Frese said. "It was a big test for us early to see where we're at. It's a great sign."
They shot 55 percent from the field and used a stifling defense to race to leads of 10-0, 24-4 and 38-6 in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.
"We're growing. I don't think we're at our peak at all," Walker-Kimbrough said. "But you can see that we're coming together."
The Terrapins hit 13 of their first 17 shots while their press forced Arizona State into a 1-of-17 start from the field with nine turnovers.
"I love our length, our athleticism," Frese said. "We're able to throw a lot of different looks. That's something we've really been able to build upon as a team. I thought we really made them have to work for everything."
Relli Richardson scored 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting for the Sun Devils (2-2), They shot 28 percent from the field in their second straight loss.
The Terps are currently leading the country in rebounding (+24.6) and assists (24.2). They are second in scoring (98.2) and third in field goal percentage (.535).
The Terrapins are ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Division I Coaches poll.
Maryland will take on Washington State (2-1) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the South Point Shootout at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
After the South Point Shootout, the Terps will play at No. 4 Louisville (6-0) Thursday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center. The Terps-Cardinals game will be streamed online through ACC Network Extra.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.