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#3 Terps Overwhelm Illinois, 94-49

Maryland Athletics
1-26-2017
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#3 Maryland (20-1, 8-0)
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94
49
Maryland
Illinois (8-12, 3-4)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 14 points to lead the No. 3 Maryland women’s basketball team to an easy 94-49 win over Illinois on Thursday night.

Senior Brionna Jones added 11 points and five rebounds. All 12 Terps played in the win over the Illini and each Terrapin notched at least five points.

Maryland (20-1, 8-0 Big Ten) had little trouble on either side of the ball, shooting 43 percent from the field and 7-22 from 3-point range.

The Terrapins got off to a quick start in the first quarter when Illinois (8-13, 3-5) went on a 5:28 scoring drought and Maryland a 14-0 run, never giving up the lead.

Much of the success came down in the post, where Maryland outrebounded Illinois 61-34, won the second-chance points battle 25-9 and scored more points in the paint, 44-22.

The Illini shot 29 percent from the field and were 1-of-17 from beyond the arc. Illinois went through numerous scoring droughts throughout the game, allowing the Terps to go on runs and expand its lead.

With Thursday’s victory, the Terrapins clinched the 20-win mark for the 13th straight season and 23rd overall in program history.

The Terrapins have won all six meetings with Illinois.

Brionna Jones was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week Monday for the second straight week and fourth time this year. Kaila Charles was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her first weekly honor. In the Terps' two wins, Jones averaged 18.0 points, 11.5 boards and 2.5 blocks. Charles averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 65.0 percent from the floor.

Next, Maryland will host Iowa (13-7, 4-3) Sunday at 2 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. For tickets, visit the Terrapin Ticket Office online here or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

All fans in attendance will receive a scratch off ticket upon entry into the arena. Five hundred lucky fans will take home a Brionna Jones bobblehead.

Students will receive a free T-Shirt upon entry at Sunday’s game.

Kids 12 and under are invited to stick around after the game to shoot baskets on the floor.

The Terps-Hawkeyes matchup will be televised around the world on ESPN2 and can be seen on the Watch ESPN app and Watch ESPN.com.

The matchup can also be heard online through the Maryland Sports Network on 1300 AM in Baltimore, 570 AM in Washington and the TuneIn app.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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