Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There are some match-ups that Maryland has had over the past few seasons where you wonder why they appeared on the schedule, for the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament, the Terps drew one of those teams in Bucknell who just could not find any answers for Brenda Frese’s team today in College Park.
The Terps set a school record for most points in a game at 103 and now will face West Virginia on Sunday.
“We were clicking on all cylinders, just being patient but making really solid decisions,” said coach Brenda Frese, whose team finished with 22 assists and five turnovers and shot 58.3 percent from the field. “And obviously, you see when we’re not turning the ball over and giving ourselves extra opportunities, we’re really, really good.”
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Jones dominated from the start in Xfinity Center, scoring No. 3-seed Maryland’s first 22 points and 48 of its first 58. Those contributions, combined with the team’s suffocating defense, helped the Terps open an early lead in their 103-61 first-round victory. Jones finished with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Walker-Kimbrough notched a game-high 28 points.
The Terps are by now tired of talking about their No. 3 seed. “It’s just a number in front of our name,” freshman guard Destiny Slocum said after the game. And anyhow, by the end of the fourth quarter, another number was the focus of Maryland fans.