Walker-Kimbrough scores 19, No. 3 Terps women roll Nebraska
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) If Maryland really was a bit travel-weary, like coach Brenda Frese said, Nebraska wouldn't have wanted to see the Terrapins when they were full of energy.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 10 of her 19 points in the first quarter and the Terrapins ran off to a 93-49 victory over the struggling Cornhuskers on Wednesday night.
It was the Huskers' second-most lopsided loss in program history and worst since Kansas State beat them 82-31 in 1975.
The Terps, coming off an 11-point win at Minnesota on Sunday, increased their average scoring margin to 32 - second only to Baylor's 44.5 - on a night when all 12 of their players scored.
"We've been out five days, between Minnesota and this swing. We're a little fatigued at times," Frese said. "To be able to rest our starters who have been playing heavy minutes - and our bench and depth have been working really hard. So to have those positive contributions where they came in and extended the lead and really helped us are going to be beneficial for us moving forward."
Brionna Jones had 13 points to go with 11 rebounds for her fifth straight double-double and ninth this season for the Terrapins (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten).
Jessica Shepard struggled with her shot but finished with 12 points for the Cornhuskers (4-11, 0-3). They are winless in their first three Big Ten games for the second straight year.
"This one hurts," Shepard said. "Maryland is a great team, but we did more to hurt ourselves than to help ourselves. Like coach said, we've been heading in the right direction and this was a step backward. We have to look within ourselves and really evaluate how bad we want this. We aren't playing with any heart."
Walker-Kimbrough made her first two 3-pointers and the Terps were in full control, leading 26-9 after the first quarter. Frese gave her backups most of the minutes in the second quarter, but the Terps still led 44-22 at half. They outscored Nebraska 29-9 in the fourth quarter.
Jones, who averaged 24 points over her previous five games, got off only six shots and scored nine points through three quarters in her 100th consecutive start. The Terps didn't need to run their offense through her, not with everyone else getting involved.
The Terps held a 50-26 advantage in the paint and have scored 40 or more points from inside in 10 of their 15 games. They also held a 53-31 rebounding advantage.
Shepard, Nebraska's All-Big Ten forward and conference freshman of the year last season, started 1 for 10 and finished 4 for 17. The Huskers shot just 31.7 percent for the game and were 4 of 19 on 3-pointers.
"We did a good job, especially defensively on Jess," Frese said. "Holding her 1 for 10 in the first half, I thought we really executed the game plan as far as making things really difficult. We did a good job getting on the glass and getting extra opportunities, and we were able to wear them down throughout this game."
Maryland: Just another night in the Big Ten for the Terrapins. The two-time defending champions Terrapins have won 42 of 44 against conference opponents since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15. They went to the bench early and often.
Nebraska: Given that first-year coach Amy Williams is in building mode with a young team, the Huskers need to move on from this one. They played Northwestern and Iowa close in their first two conference games, and after going to Michigan State this weekend, they'll have more manageable games against Rutgers, Illinois and Penn State.
UCONN OR MARYLAND?
Nebraska lost 84-41 to No. 1 UConn on Dec. 21 and now has lost to Maryland. UConn won 87-81 at Maryland a week ago.
Asked to compare Maryland with UConn, Shepard couldn't say which one she thought was better.
"They're a phenomenal team that hung with UConn even," Shepard said. "They're a different team than UConn. They don't have necessarily as great outside shooters but they have a bigger inside presence. They have some phenomenal guard play and they're just smart. Every great team, UConn and Maryland, they always play hard."
Maryland hosts Northwestern on Saturday.
Nebraska visits Michigan State on Saturday.
Updated January 4, 2017