LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough posted 26 points to lead the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team (7-0) past No. 7 Louisville (6-2), 78-72, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday evening.
"It was a big win for us tonight to be able to play such a great team like Louisville," head coach Brenda Frese said. "But I think both teams have even bigger goals for what they’re looking at in March. But I can’t say enough for Louisville’s team. Watching them on film, and obviously playing them, they are an extremely tough team. They are very competitive, really, really physical, but I thought our young team with our veterans really grew up tonight."
"In terms of our play, we got a lot of energy with what we were doing, we had a balanced attack, and we battled foul trouble most of the game. But specifically when you talk about the fourth quarter, they punched us. You know, an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead. I just thought we showed great poise, toughness, composure down the stretch in terms of shooting the ball really well from the free throw line.”
Maryland shot 23-of-28 (82 percent) from the charity stripe and finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field.
Louisville used a 7-0 run to take an 18-9 lead to start the game, finishing the first quarter with a 24-20 advantage. The Terrapins battled back with a 10-2 run in the second quarter to take a 30-26 lead. Walker-Kimbrough scored 16 points in the first half as Maryland led 42-38 at halftime.
The Terps continued to roll in the third quarter as freshman Kaila Charles scored six points. Junior Kristen Confroy knocked down three straight free throws at the end of the period as Maryland led 62-53.
The Cardinals started the final quarter on a run, tying the Terps at 62-62. A layup from Charles and an and-1 play from Slocum gave Maryland a 72-67 advantage. Slocum hit four more free throws and Walker-Kimbrough added two as the Terps finished with a 78-72 victory.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Division I Coaches poll.
Next, the Terps will return home to host UMBC (2-3) Sunday at 2 p.m. All youth can receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket. Kids 12 and under are invited to shoot on the court after the game. For tickets, click here.
The Terrapins will also be hosting a Painted Palette event prior to Sunday's game. For $25, fans will receive a general admission ticket and entry to a pregame painting party in Heritage Hall. For more information, click here.
The Maryland-UMBC game will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network. Click here for your channel number for BTN. The game will be shown online through BTN2Go.com and on the BTN2Go app and fans will need to enter their cable login info to watch.