COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Brionna Jones tied the Maryland school record with 42 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the third-ranked Terrapins beat Penn State 89-83 Wednesday night.
“Penn State came out and was the more aggressive team for 40 minutes,” head coach Brenda Frese. “They came and attacked us early and got us into foul trouble. We were able to somewhat get back in the second quarter staying the course of being able to go through Brionna Jones. I thought her team did a great job feeding the ball, being aggressive, and being consistent through her.”
Jones went 15 for 19 from the field and sank 12 of 14 free throws to match the school's previous single-game high, set by Marissa Coleman against Vanderbilt on March 29, 2009.
Jones previous career best scoring effort was 30 points against St. Peter's on Dec. 16. With seven boards in the first half, the Havre de Grace, Md., native became the fifth player in Maryland history to reach the 1,000-rebound mark.
Nearly all of Jones' baskets were layups, many of them put-backs. She tied the record - but missed a chance to break it - by sinking one of two free throws with 23.9 seconds left.
Down 37-34 late in the first half, Maryland bounced back to remain the lone unbeaten team in Big Ten play. The Terrapins (16-1, 4-0) have won four straight, each by double digits, since falling to top-ranked UConn.
Walker-Kimbrough was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll Monday for the seventh time in her career.
Jones is currently No. 5 on Maryland's rebounding list with 1,007 career boards. She moved into 13th all-time in the Terrapins’ scoring record book with 1,557 career points.
Both Jones and Walker-Kimbrough are two of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. For more on the Senior CLASS Award, click here.
Next, the Terrapins will travel to Iowa (10-6, 1-2) for a 4 p.m. ET matchup in Iowa City Saturday. The Terps-Hawkeyes matchup will be televised around the world on the Big Ten Network, BTN2Go.com and the BTN2Go app. Click here for your channel number for BTN. Fans outside the U.S. can watch here.
Frese grew up in Cedar Rapids, roughly 25 miles from the University of Iowa campus. The Terrapins will visit with her family at her childhood home Friday night before Saturday's matchup.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.