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#2 Terps Come Up Short at #12 Ohio State

Maryland Athletics
2-20-2017
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#12 Ohio State (24-5, 14-1)
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98
87
Maryland
#2 Maryland (26-2, 14-1)

COLUMBUS, Ohio --  Senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led the No. 2 Maryland women’s basketball team with 29 points as the Terps fell to No. 12 Ohio State 98-87 on Monday evening.

Senior Brionna Jones had 21 on aggressive play in the paint while freshman Destiny Slocum added 15.

Ohio State (24-5, 14-1 Big Ten) scored 35 points in the first 10 minutes on 14 for 18 shooting, led by nine at the half and held on as Maryland rallied in second half. The Terps were down by two at the start of the fourth quarter and were down by six with 1:29 left, but had to start fouling and couldn't make up the deficit.

The loss was only the second for the Terps (26-2, 14-1) this season and their first in the Big Ten. Their last was a six-point setback to No. 1 UConn on Dec. 29.

Ohio State jumped out to a 35-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Buckeyes shot an astounding 77.8 percent in the frame and put together a 12-0 run.

After going up by 15 early in the second quarter, Ohio State came down to earth, and the Terps trailed 49-40 at the half. Mitchell didn't score in the second quarter and had two turnovers.

Walker-Kimbrough became just the fifth player in Maryland history to score 2,000 career points and is up to 2,009. Jones is No. 4 on Maryland's rebounding list with 1,116 career boards. She is No. 8 on Maryland's scoring list with 1,747 points. She currently leads the Big Ten with 19 double-doubles this year.

Jones and Walker-Kimbrough are two of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I 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.

The jerseys of Jones and Walker-Kimbrough will be honored in the rafters of the XFINITY Center immediately after the Terrapins' regular season finale and Senior Day game on Sunday at noon vs. Minnesota. 

Feb. 26 will also be Shatori Walker-Kimbrough bobblehead day. All fans will receive a scratch-off ticket upon entering the arena and 500 fans will win. 

For tickets, call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or click here.

The Feb. 26 matchup will be televised around the world on the Big Ten Network, BTN2Go.com and the BTN2Go app. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

-Terps-

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