COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half, and No. 2 Maryland breezed past Wisconsin 89-40 on Wednesday night for its 14th straight victory.
The Terrapins (26-1, 14-0 Big Ten) bolted to a 16-0 lead, went up 43-14 at halftime and emptied the bench well before the finish against the Badgers (6-20, 1-12).
Off to the best start in school history, Maryland can clinch its third straight Big Ten regular-season title by beating second-place Ohio State on Monday.
The Badgers shot 31.5 percent, committed 20 turnovers and were outrebounded 46-24. Wisconsin’s 40 points were the fewest allowed by Maryland this season.
Not long after the opening tip, Maryland erased any doubt about the way this game was going to go. Walker-Kimbrough made two free throws and added a 3 pointer before Jones made two straight layups for a 9-0 lead. Walker-Kimbrough then turned a steal into a layup, Charles converted a three-point play and Jones scored on a drive to conclude the 16-point blitz.
The Badgers missed their first eight shots before Malayna Johnson ended the drought with a jumper. Wisconsin went 2 for 16 in the quarter and trailed 18-5.
Walker-Kimbrough tied her career high with five steals vs. the Badgers.
Jones and Walker-Kimbrough are two of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Ten women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Maryland is the only school with multiple finalists. For more information on each of the finalists and to vote, click here.
Walker-Kimbrough is No. 5 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,980 career points. She is No. 10 among Division I active scorers. Jones is No. 4 on Maryland's rebounding list with 1,105 career boards. She is No. 8 on Maryland's scoring list with 1,747 points and is No. 20 among Division I active scorers. She currently leads the Big Ten with 19 double-doubles this year.
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. 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 119-15 (.888) overall and a record of 63-5 (.926) at home at the XFINITY Center.
For tickets, call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or click here.
Next, Maryland will play at No. 12 Ohio State (22-5, 12-1) as part of ESPN2's Big Monday series Monday at 7 p.m. The Terps-Buckeyes matchup can be seen around the world on ESPN2, WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.