Maryland freshmen Destiny Slocum chucked up a shot heard around the Milky Way. In fact, she had so much range, it would have passed the Milky Way, and into another galaxy’s basket. It was definitely a shot that would go down in college basketball history.

Maryland had quite the game Saturday afternoon, as they defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers. The third seeded “Terrapins” advance to their 13th Sweet Sixteen and their eighth under Head Coach Brenda Frese.

West Virginia would prove to be a test for Maryland, as they entered riding a five game win streak, including a Big 12 tournament upset over Baylor to become Big 12 champions. And for Maryland, staring at a possible second round exit for two consecutive years would leave a bad taste in their mouths. They knew they had to take care of business.

The first quarter once again started out sluggish for the Terrapins, Walker-Kimbrough started the game from the corner for three, but West Virginia took an early 9-5 lead in the first quarter. Brionna Jones made a buzzer beating lay-up to end the first quarter, but West Virginia would end up with the 16-10 lead.

But all of a sudden, Maryland turned on the jets and went on a 13-0 run to lead 23-10 just that quickly, and closed the first half on a 28-8 run to lead 38-24 at the half.

The score could have read 35-24, but Slocum had other plans. West Virginia’s Teana Muldrow shot a quick lay-up with 3.9 seconds left. Maryland’s Briana Fraser threw an inbounds pass to Destiny Slocum threw up a 75 foot shot to end the half. Announcer Courtney Lyle made the quote that she shot the ball the way from Washington D.C.

The second half was easy sailing for Maryland. The women took a 52-35 lead, bringing Jones, Slocum, and Kristin Confroy all in double figures. The “Mountaineers” never had a chance to make a run, as Maryland cruised to an 83-56 victory in front of fans, to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

After being informed that they were a three seed in Uconn’s bracket, Maryland has made the best of it and is proving to be the team to beat.

Maryland breezed to their win in seniors Brionna Jones’ and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough’s final home game at Xfinity Center, and Frese was certainly happy that the sun has not set yet for her seniors.

“On a scale of 1 to 100, today was 100. It’s a beautiful way to send them out, knowing that it’s not over yet,” Head Coach Brenda Frese said.

Maryland will face the winner of the Duke-Oregon matchup, which tips off Monday at 6:20 p.m.

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