PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The third-ranked Maryland women's basketball team (12-0) won at Duquesne, 77-57, Wednesday night as the Terrapins brought All-American senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough home to Pittsburgh.
The Terps worked through the first quarter to find their offensive rhythm, leading 13-12 after the first 10 minutes.
"I thought our offense in the first quarter looked rusty and it looked like we hadn't played a game in nine days," head coach Brenda Frese said. "It took us some time to get back in rhythm and start clicking again. I thought we did a much better job in the second quarter to hold them to four points."
In the second quarter, they held the Dukes (6-7) to just four points and 2-for-13 shooting from the field. They pushed the lead to 32-16.
Maryland led 57-36 to end the third quarter, but the Dukes cut into the Terps' lead. A three-pointer by Julijana Vojinovic with 4:11 to go cut it to a 10-point game, but Maryland responded with an 11-3 run to end the game.
"In the fourth quarter, we tried to extend some minutes with our bench, but there was no quit in Duquesne," Frese said. "I thought they did a tremendous job playing hard for 40 minutes."
Maryland, the nation's No. 2 rebounding team, beat Duquesne on the glass, 39-29, and scored 38 points in the paint to the Dukes' 14. The Terrapins shot 50 percent from the field (27-54).
Walker-Kimbrough grew up in Aliquippa, Pa., which is roughly 30 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The Terrapins visited with her family Tuesday night.
"I can't say enough about what a great two days this has been, being able to bring Shatori back home, spending time with her wonderful family," Frese said. "It was really special for us to see to many fans for her and for our team in the stands tonight. Everybody knows how much she means to our program."
"I can't put words together to describe this," Walker-Kimbrough said. "I'm just so appreciative of everyone coming down here to see us play."
As a senior at Hopewell High School, Walker-Kimbrough averaged 28.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.8 steals as a senior in 2012-13 and owns the school's scoring record. She was named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Player of the Year as a junior and senior and the overall Athlete of the Year by the Pittsburgh Tribune, Beaver County Times, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She led her team to the WPIAL Championship and the Pennsylvania 3-A State Semifinals as a junior.
Next, the Terps will head home for a break for the holidays. They will return home to host No. 1 Connecticut (10-0) at the XFINITY Center on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m.
A limited number of reserved seats are still available and start at $15, with general admission seats starting at $8. Group ticket rates for 15+, start at $5. For tickets and more info, click here or call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.
Parking will be available on the surface lots surrounding the XFINITY Center, as well as the Terrapin Trail Garage and the Regents Drive Garage. Fans are encouraged to follow the directions of traffic control staff, as traffic patterns may change. Click here for a campus parking map.
Fans with disability tags will be directed to park in the Terrapin Trail Garage, once the handicap parking spaces in the surface lots are full. Fans can enter the arena from the Terrapin Trail Garage through gates E and F.
The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a “Frese Fest” T-shirt at the door.All fans are encouraged to wear white to support the “White Out.” Doors will open to the public at 4:30 p.m.
Fans are reminded that a new clear bag policy will be in effect for all games at the XFINITY Center, including the Terps’ matchup with Connecticut. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to decrease wait times. Fans will only be able to carry the following style and size bags into the arena.
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”
- One gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
- Small clutch bags, measuring 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap
All other bags will not be permitted. A list of prohibited bags includes, but is not limited to: purses, backpacks, drawstring bags that are not clear, briefcases, coolers, fanny packs, luggage, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases and diaper bags. Click here for more on the Maryland clear bag policy.
The Terps-Huskies matchup will be televised around the world on ESPN2, WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
The matchup can also be heard online through the Maryland Sports Network on 1300 AM in Baltimore and 570 AM in Washington.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the USA Today Division I Coaches poll.