Seniors Lead #4 Terps Past Gophers in B1G Opener

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Maryland (13-1, 1-0)
Minnesota (9-6, 0-2)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each posted double-doubles as the No. 4 Maryland women’s basketball team (13-1) held off Minnesota (9-6), 83-72, in the Terrapins’ Big Ten opener Sunday.

Jones scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Walker-Kimbrough tallied 22 points and 10 assists. Freshman Kaila Charles notched 12 points for the Terps.

Leading 68-67 with six minutes to play, Walker-Kimbrough made a 3-pointer and hit a jumper for a six-point lead. Jones scored inside with 2:28 to go for a 76-67 advantage.

The Gophers pulled within 77-72, but 3-pointers by Destiny Slocum and Kristen Confroy secured the win. 

Up by 11 in the first quarter, Maryland scored just 14 points and allowed the Gophers to get within 38-32 at intermission.

Walker-Kimbrough notched her sixth career double-double while Jones tallied her eighth double-double of the season and 41st in her career.

Maryland had 27 assists against the Gophers. The Terps entered the game averaging 20.5 assists per game, fifth-best nationally.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the USA Today Division I Coaches poll.

Fans can watch the first episode of season 13 of Under the Shell here. Under the Shell is the Terrapins' reality show that airs every Sunday on Comcast SportsNet.

Next, the Terps will stay on the road to play at Nebraska (4-10, 0-2) Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET in Lincoln. The Terrapins-Huskers matchup will also be streamed online through BTN Plus and the BTN2Go app. Live stats will be available and live updates will be posted to the Terrapins’ Twitter feed here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.