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#3 Terrapins Handle Hoosiers, 92-56

Maryland Athletics
2-5-2017
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#3 Maryland (23-1, 11-0)
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92
56
Maryland
Indiana (15-8, 5-5)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The third-ranked Maryland women's basketball team (23-1, 11-0 B1G) dominated Indiana, 92-56, Sunday behind a balanced effort on both ends of the floor.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 23 points, Brionna Jones added 17 and 14 rebounds, and Destiny Slocum added 18 points with six assists. Kaila Charles scored 11, seven in the second half.

"We don't worry about the team that we're playing, we just focus on being the best Maryland team we can be day in and day out," Walker-Kimbrough said. "We look at every single game like it's our last. We're going to try and be the best that we can be. We don't want to adjust to anybody, we're going to stay calm, stay versatile and be confident on defense and offense."

The Terrapinsoutscored Indiana 27-13 in the first quarter and then 28-9 in the third, the two deciding periods of the game. Walker-Kimbrough hit a shot from near the opposite 3-point line to end the third quarter.

Maryland held Indiana to its lowest point total of the year - 56 points. Indiana shot 35 percent from the floor (13 of 37) in the first half, and made just one of nine 3-point attempts. The poor shooting from Indiana had more to do with Maryland's ability to throw the Hoosiers' offense out of sync, forcing them to take uncomfortable shots, than it did with Indiana simply having an off-day from the floor. The Terps also recorded 11 blocked shots.

"We wanted 40 minutes of great defense and collectively as a team we were able to do that," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.

Maryland's defensive effort was highlighted by its ability to eliminate Indiana's biggest scoring threat for nearly the entire first half. Tyra Buss carried a team-high 19 points a game into Sunday's contest, but it wasn't until the 3:45 mark in the second quarter that she scored her first points of the day. Buss went into halftime with two points shooting 10 percent from the floor (1 of 10). Buss' absence on the offensive end only added to the deficit on the scoreboard for Indiana, and Maryland went into halftime leading 46-27.

The Terps opened up the second half with an 11-0 run that all but sealed the deal, shutting the door on the Hoosiers and any hope they had of making a comeback. Buss, who was guarded by Walker-Kimbrough for most of the game, finished the game with six points, shooting 12 percent from the floor (2 of 17).

"It's great to be able to challenge (Walker-Kimbrough) against the best player on the floor. She takes it to heart. (Limiting Tyra Buss) was huge," Frese said. "I thought Shatori set the tone defensively for us. Her energy was sensational -- as she goes we go. She's the leader for this team."

Indiana (15-8, 5-5) relied on Amanda Cahill, who finished with 16 points for the Hoosiers. Jenn Anderson scored eight points, and Alexis Gassion finished with nine. Indiana finished the game shooting just 32 percent from the floor (22 of 69), a statistic very much indicative of Maryland's efforts. After the Terps forced Indiana into tough shots, they were there to grab the miss off the iron. Maryland outrebounded Indiana 47-32.

Next, Maryland will return home to host Illinois (8-15, 3-7) in one its three final regular season home games. The Terrapins and the Illini will tip-off Thursday at 7 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. For tickets, call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or visit online here.

The Maryland-Illinois game will be streamed online through the BTN2Go app and BTN2Go.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.

Live stats will be available and live updates will be posted to the Terrapins’ Twitter feed here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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