The Maryland women’s basketball team routed Bucknell, 103-61 on Friday afternoon to advance to the second round.
Seniors Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones, combined for 53 points in the win, and it was nothing short of perfect for an opening round tournament game.
They set a school scoring record for an NCAA Tournament game thanks to scoring from all 12 players. The “Terps” won the Big Ten for three consecutive years, but with two of the most decorated seniors and a freshman sensation in Destiny Slocum, it shows how much depth this particular team has heading into March Madness.
The game however started out slow, with both teams tied at 7-7 early in the first, but Maryland took a 22-10 lead after going on a 10-0 run in the first quarter.
The “Terps” were only up twelve early in the second quarter, but after a 15-4 run in nearly a minute, they took a 45-22 lead into halftime.
— NCAA Women's BKB (@ncaawbb) March 17, 2017
Maryland kept that momentum going in the third quarter and the Patriot League Champions simply had no answer for them. They struggled to keep up with with Maryland in the paint and they took full advantage. Instead of focusing behind the arc, the “Terps” made their home in the paint, scoring 60 of their 103 points down low.
Turnover woes have been a constant theme for Maryland this season, but against Bucknell, they managed to commit only five of them, which is certainly good news.
Head Coach, Brenda Frese completely emptied the bench late in the fourth and freshman Stephanie Jones’ layup eclipsed the century mark, securing Maryland’s advancement to the second round.
In women's basketball, Maryland defeated Bucknell 103-61, the Terps' largest margin of victory ever in an NCAA Women's Tournament game.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 17, 2017
It was important for Maryland to win their first game in resounding fashion, seeing as how last season they won their first NCAA match-up by only 16 points at home.
On Selection Monday, the “Terps” were selected as a three seed that many believed was way too low for a team that went 31-2, and grabbed both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles for a third year in a row. To add to that questionable seed, Maryland was put in the same bracket as defending champion and powerhouse, UCONN. The “Terps” are definitely playing with a chip on their shoulder in hopes of making it to their third Final Four appearance in four years.
Maryland will play the Big 12 champions, West Virginia on Sunday in what would be Walker-Kimbrough and Jones’ final home game at Xfinity Center.