Terps advance to tournament finals thanks to offensive explosion

Maryland advances to its third straight Big Ten Tournament title game. (Photo Courtesy of Maryland Athletics)

By Noah Gross

The Maryland Women’s Basketball team defeated the feisty Michigan State Spartans Saturday by a score of 100-89 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The second-seeded Terrapins were led by senior-standout Brionna Jones. Jones dominated the game while still managing to be efficient, tallying 32 points and nine rebounds on 12-14 shooting.

Maryland was well aware of Michigan State’s star senior Tori Jankoska. While Jankoska had herself quite the night, finishing with 31 points, she did not haven much help, as her backcourt-mate Taryn McCutcheon finished with just two points on 0-4 shooting.

Destiny Slocum and Kaila Charles, two star-freshman for Maryland, really impressed Saturday, scoring 18 points each.

“I actually forgot they were freshman,” said senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, praising her young teammates. “They do not play like it at all. They are like our engine.”

The 100 points Maryland scored against Michigan State is a Big Ten Tournament record. The Terps shot 60 percent from the floor as well, really leaving the Spartans scratching their heads.

“We can play any style, which is a beautiful thing,” said Coach Brenda Frese, who recorded her 400th win at Maryland on the night. “I did think Michigan State may be a little more tired on day three of legs.”

This game was a rematch of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Finals, where Maryland again defeated the Spartans. That game was a little more low scoring, at 60-44.

The Terps will take on Purdue tomorrow at 7 p.m. after the Boilermakers victory over the top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes. It should be an electric atmosphere as Maryland has to face the Boilermakers who are an hour outside of Indianapolis. You can catch the game right here on WMUC Sports.

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