No. 5 Maryland tops Indiana 86-63 to stretch win streak to 7
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) From the inside and outside, with its starters and its reserves, No. 5 Maryland proved to be way too deep and talented for surging Indiana.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 16 points and fueled a third-quarter run Saturday that carried the Terrapins to an 86-63 victory, their seventh straight.
Brene Moseley also scored 16, and Brionna Jones had 10 points and 12 rebounds to help Maryland move into a first-place tie with Ohio State in the Big Ten.
The Terrapins (19-2, 8-1) let a 15-point lead dwindle to 41-34 before Walker-Kimbrough scored seven points in a 20-2 spree that turned the game into a rout. Jones contributed a layup and a three-point play to the surge.
Indiana did a decent job of jamming the inside during the first half, but after the Terrapins began to connect from the outside the Hoosiers had to stretch their defense - with little success.
Walker-Kimbrough fired away from the outside, and the 6-foot-3 Jones was too tough to handle in the paint.
''In the first half, their defense really was sucking in on me and that allowed my teammates to get open shots outside,'' Jones said. ''In the second half they had to respect their shot, and that allowed me to get more open.''
Jones, a junior center, scored all of her points in the second half. She came in needing six points to become the 31st player in school history to reach 1,000 for her career.
''It's an honor to be held in that class of players before me,'' he said.
Maryland got 47 points from its bench, led by Moseley - who made half of Maryland's six 3-pointers - and Tierney Pfirman, who scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
''We need everyone,'' coach Brenda Frese said. ''Everyone brings a different dimension that makes our team great. We want to continue to keeping having that depth, with every player ready to play.''
Indiana (13-9, 5-5) had a chance until Maryland outscored the Hoosiers 32-12 in the third quarter.
''I just thought our energy was different,'' Frese said. ''We locked in defensively, we were able to get stops, we were pushing in transition and Bri Jones came to life. We kind of got contributions from everybody.''
Amanda Cahill scored 14 points and Tyra Buss added 13 for the Hoosiers, whose three-game winning streak ended. Indiana went 2 for 16 from beyond the arc.
''Maryland is a really good team, and they showed it,'' Indiana assistant coach Rhet Wierzba said. ''In the third quarter, they came out and showed their dominance inside. I thought our team played hard, but he missed some shots early and dug ourselves a hole that was too much to come back from.''
After the Hoosiers' Karlee McBride opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, Indiana missed 11 of its next 12 shots to fall behind 19-6.
Maryland led 23-10 after the first quarter and upped the margin to 15 before Indiana got five points from Buss in a 9-2 spurt.
Moseley scored Maryland's next 11 points to make it 38-24 late in the half.
After Indiana cut the gap early in the third quarter, Jones made a layup and Walker-Kimbrough followed with a 3-pointer and a layup. A three-point play by Jones and a layup by Walker-Kimbrough capped a 12-point run that spanned a mere 1 minute, 38 seconds.
Indiana: The Hoosiers were vying for their fourth win over a ranked opponent, which last occurred in 2001-02. ... Buss, a sophomore guard, reached double figures for the 44th time in her career. She has scored at least 10 points in every game this season. ... Cahill had a 52 percent field goal percentage before going 3 for 11 in the first half. She finished 5 for 13.
Maryland: The Terrapins, who came in with a nation's best 17.9 rebounding margin, finished with a 45-35 advantage on the boards. ... Walker-Kimbrough has scored in double figures in all 21 games this season. ... Chloe Pavlech had seven of Maryland's 18 assists.
Indiana: The Hoosiers host Iowa on Thursday night.
Maryland: The Terrapins travel to Purdue on Tuesday.