COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Brionna Jones scored a career-high 30 points as the No. 4 Maryland women’s basketball team (10-0) routed Saint Peter’s (1-7), 101-49, Thursday evening in the XFINITY Center.
“We looked a little sluggish from the games and practices we've had,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we settled in the second quarter and really got a lot more people involved on both ends of the floor. Obviously we played through Bri[onna Jones]. I think it's really hard. I don't think they had an answer for her and I thought we were able to take advantage of it.”
The Terrapins (10-0) are playing a stretch of five games over 12 days. However, Frese has kept the team fresh because of her deep bench. In the process, Frese has gotten contributions from her entire roster.
The Peacocks stayed close early and a pair of free throws tied it at 13 in the final minute of the opening quarter.
St. Peter's tried to maintain possession until there were just a few seconds left on the shot clock to keep the ball away from Maryland. The strategy worked for a spell before the Terrapins wore them down.
A 3-pointer by Walker-Kimbrough capped a 19-3 run and the Terrapins led 32-16 with 6:02 left in the half. Maryland continued to pull away and the lead ballooned to 51-25 at the break.
The Terrapins shot 61 percent from the field and their bench outscored the Peacocks 13-2.
Maryland's starters returned for the second half and consecutive baskets by Jones increased the margin to 62-29. Jones was 14 of 16 from the field in just 20 minutes.
Frese then went back to the bench to close out the game. Kiah Gillespie also had 10 points for Maryland.
Jones and Walker-Kimbrough were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 watch list Thursday.
Walker-Kimbrough is No. 8 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,663 career points, recently passing Marcia Richardson (1,630 career points). She needs 16 points to pass Christy Winters Scott at No. 7 with 1,679 points. Walker-Kimbrough's career three-point percentage of 46.5% is currently the best in Maryland history ahead of Kristi Toliver's career percentage of 40.8%.
Jones is No. 8 on Maryland's rebounding list with 919 career boards. Only seven previous Terps have reached the 900 career rebound mark.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Division I Coaches poll.
Next, the Terrapins will travel north to Loyola (3-5) Monday for a 7 p.m. matchup at Reitz Arena in Baltimore. For tickets, click here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.