By Joesph Foley
Maryland sailed to a 94-61 win over Southern on Friday night as two Terps reached career milestones.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough came into the game needing 14 points to reach 1,000-career points. Walker-Kimbrough got her first bucket on a fast-break layup to put Maryland (10-0) up 4-0. She then hit two three-pointers late in the first and early in the second, followed by another layup and a pair of free throws. With 3:24 remaining in the second quarter, Walker-Kimbrough cut from the right side, got a pass from redshirt senior Brene Moseley, and scored an easy layup for her 1,000th career point.
“I only knew when Chloe (Pavlech) ran over to me and gave me a hug. I really wasn’t even thinking about it. I was actually thinking about what play we were going to run next,” said Walker-Kimbrough.
She is the 30th player in Maryland’s program to reach the 1,000-point mark. Walker-Kimbrough ended the game with 20 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
“We need to continue to follow her lead. She is prepared each and every night. The most rewarding thing is how consistent she has become for us,” said head coach Brenda Frese.
She was not the only Terp reaching milestones on Friday. Brene Moseley had 10 assists, becoming the 18th Maryland player to record 300 career assists. Moseley doesn’t start, but gives the Terps a playmaker off the bench. She recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, and added three steals in 25 minutes. Moseley had three more assists than Southern (2-5) in the first half with seven.
Moseley had plenty of options to share the ball with on offense. Maryland had six players score in double digits, and ten players scored overall. Moseley’s 300th assist came on a Walker-Kimbrough jumper late in the third quarter. The Terps shot 54 percent from the field, as they were never down on the scoreboard the entire game.
“We have so many weapons all over the board. I think the best thing about it is that everyone is so unselfish. We look to get the ball to whoever has it going that night. I think we do a great job of that as a team,” said Moseley.
The Terps dominated the paint, outscoring Southern 43-16 inside. Maryland also had more offensive rebounds, 20, than Southern had defensive rebounds, 15. Brianna Jones led the way with a double-double, contributing 16 points and 10 rebounds. Other notables for Maryland were sophomore guard Kristen Confroy and freshman forward Brianna Fraser, who each chipped in 11 points.
Southern guard Britney Washington led the Jaguars with 24 points on 9-23 shooting from the field.
Maryland now has a week off before their next game on Sunday, December 20 against Maryland- Eastern Shore.
“We want to fine tune. We kind of know our areas where we need to improve. You kind of use this week off to focus on yourself. We try to make it short and intense with them juggling around finals,” said Frese.