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#2 Terps Best Michigan State

Maryland Athletics
2-12-2017
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Michigan State (16-9, 6-6)
UMES
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89
Maryland
#3/2 Maryland (25-1, 13-0)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Senior Brionna Jones had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 3 Maryland beat Michigan State 89-72 on Sunday.

Jones, who came into the game with the top field goal percentage in the nation at 69.2 percent, upped that mark by going 9 for 12. She made her first seven shots from the floor and didn't miss one until the final minute of the third quarter. The Terrapins (25-1, 13-0) improved to 53-2 against league opponents - including conference tournament games - since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15.

Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant came back from a medical leave of absence to coach the Spartans (16-9, 6-6) for the first time since Jan. 14.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 24 points for Maryland, which shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and led 51-40 at halftime.

Tori Jankoska led Michigan State with 23 points. The Spartans never led in the game.

At 25-1, the Terps are off to the best start in school history. The Terrapins are ranked No. 2 in the Coaches poll and were last in the top two of the Coaches poll on Jan. 8, 2007 when they held the top spot.

Maryland has won all nine matchups with Michigan State.

The jerseys of Jones and Walker-Kimbrough will be honored in the rafters of the XFINITY Center immediately after the Terrapins' Senior Day game on Feb. 26. Both 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 118-15 (.887) overall and a record of 62-5 (.925) at home at the XFINITY Center.

Next, the Terrapins will return home to host Wisconsin (6-18, 1-10) Wednesday at 7 p.m. in one of the Terps' final two regular season home games. For tickets, call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or click here.

Wednesday's game will be the Terrapins' annual Pink Game to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and breast cancer awareness. 

The Terps-Badgers game will be streamed online through BTN2Go and can be seen at BTN2Go.com and the BTN2Go app.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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