COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 29 points and No. 3 Maryland cranked up the defense in an 84-59 rout of Illinois on Thursday night that kept the Terrapins unbeaten in the Big Ten.
Off to the best start in school history, Maryland (24-1, 12-0) led 40-20 at halftime and coasted to its 12th straight victory.
Brionna Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins, her 50th career double-double. Jones, a 6-foot-3 senior, passed Tianna Hawkins to move into fourth place on the school career list with 1,090 rebounds.
In addition, Walker-Kimbrough climbed into fifth place on the school scoring list with 1,934 points, passing Vicky Bullett.
Maryland came in with a nation-leading 90.3 points per game average, but most of the big plays in this one were made on the defensive end. The Terrapins limited the Illini to three baskets and eight points in the second quarter and finished with a 53-31 rebounding advantage.
Illinois (8-17, 3-9) shot 34 percent from the floor in absorbing its seventh straight defeat, including a 94-49 drubbing at home by Maryland on Jan. 26.
In the rematch, the Illini tried to slow the pace and were cautious of the Terrapins' potent fast break. But that brand of basketball proved futile.
Content to wait for a good shot, Maryland had 25 assists on its 31 baskets. Freshman Destiny Slocum had a career-best 13 assists and just two turnovers.
Walker-Kimbrough scored seven points in an early 16-2 run that put the Terrapins in front 20-7.
Maryland led 26-12 after the first quarter, getting assists on eight of its 10 baskets and outrebounding Illinois 16-6.
The Illini opened the second quarter with successive 3-pointers, but made only one more basket the remainder of the period.
With 11 rebounds Thursday night, Jones has 1,090 career rebounds, moving into No. 4 on Maryland’s all-time list. She passed Tianna Hawkins with 1,086 career boards.
Slocum’s career-high 13 assists gave her 148 for the year – passing Kristi Toliver’s freshman number of 145 in 2005-06.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 2 in the Coaches poll released Tuesday. They were last in the top two of the Coaches poll on Jan. 8, 2007 when they held the top spot.
Seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough were named to both the Naismith Top 30 Watch List and the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 earlier this week. Both are watch lists for the nation's top national player of the year honors.
Junior Kristen Confroy earned CoSIDA Academic All-District II honors for the second straight season Thursday. Confroy is one of five women's basketball student-athletes on the District II Team, which covers Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.
The jerseys of Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough will be honored in the rafters of the XFINITY Center immediately after the Terrapins' Senior Day game on Feb. 26. Both Jones and Walker-Kimbrough have earned First Team All-Big Ten Honors, as well as Associated Press and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. They’ve led the Terrapins to two Final Fours, two conference tournament titles and two conference regular season crowns. They have earned a record of 117-15 (.886) overall and a record of 62-5 (.925) at home at the XFINITY Center.
Next, Maryland will play at Michigan State (16-7, 6-4) Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Terps-Spartans matchup will be televised around the world and can also be seen on WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.