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Maryland rights ship, cools down Boilermakers

The Terps looked to right their ship after taking a tough loss to Ohio State a few days ago. Maryland was able to lean on Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones to protect home court and get the win. Ashley Morrissette led the Boilermakers on a solid night, yet it wouldn't be enough.

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College Park, MD -- Coming off their third loss of the season, and the second at the hands of Big Ten leader Ohio State Monday, the Maryland Terrapins looked to get back on track Thursday against the Purdue Boilermakers in College Park.

In the teams' Feb. 2 matchup, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough's career-high 41 points led the Terps over the Boilermakers 87-67. Ashley Morrissette tallied 19 points in the contest for Purdue.

Maryland was able to right the ship Thursday, winning 73-59 behind 23 points from Walker-Kimbrough and a double-double from Brionna Jones.

"Anytime you can bounce back like we did and get a quality win over a top-5 opponent in the conference is a great thing," Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said after the game.

The Terps looked to come out aggressively on their home court. Kristen Confroy got the game going with an early three in the contest's first possession. A few minutes later, Andreona Keys put Purdue on the board with a jumper as the shot clock was expiring.

Walker-Kimbrough recorded her first points on an acrobatic layup around the 6:30-mark in the first quarter to give the Terps a 7-2 lead. Though she led all scorers at the game's conclusion, Walker-Kimbrough said Purdue did a good job of cutting her off in transition.

"You could tell that that was their emphasis," she said. "I've got to do a better job of recognizing that early and just staying locked in."

Terps freshman Kiah Gillespie came up with a big block on a shot by Purdue's April Wilson about a minute later, but Keys responded with a three on the next Boilermakers possession.

Gillespie got a floater in the lane to go with fewer than five minutes remaining in the first quarter. A long two from Walker-Kimbrough followed by a fast break layup from Tierney Pfirman gave the Terps a 13-5 lead and forced the Boilermakers to call a timeout with three minutes left in the first.

Bridget Perry put back a layup following an offensive rebound to get the Boilermakers within two at 13-11, but a three by Walker-Kimbrough again stretched the lead. The Terps held on to a 16-11 edge after one.

Confroy opened the second quarter the same way she started the first, nailing a three from the left corner. Morrissette sunk a three with about seven and a half minutes left in the second to bring the score to 21-20, Terps, and force a Maryland timeout. Brionna Jones put in a layup out of the timeout then hit another layup on the next Terps possession.

Brianna Fraser got two at the line for the Terps halfway through the second quarter. Jones hit another layup then Fraser got a layup for herself with just over four minutes remaining before halftime, extending the Terps' lead to 32-22.

Purdue went on a brief 5-0 run in the waning minutes of the quarter before Walker-Kimbrough hit another three. She led the Terps with 10 points at the break. Jones had eight points, and nine rebounds, and Keys had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting for Purdue. Maryland led 35-27 at halftime.

The first points of the second half didn't come until Walker-Kimbrough hit two free throws with under seven and a half minutes left on the clock. Morrissette quickly answered with a layup to bring it to 37-29, Terps.

Confroy (nine points) sunk another three later in the quarter, her third of the game. A slick no-look, fast break pass from Brene Moseley to Walker-Kimbrough, who finished with a layup, gave the Terps a 46-33 advantage with about four and a half minutes left in the third.

Walker-Kimbrough dumped in a total of 10 points throughout the third frame. Her team led 51-38 with a quarter remaining.

Jones muscled her way inside to get another layup early in the fourth, putting the Terps up 58-42. Purdue's Torrie Thornton fouled out with 7:42 remaining in the fourth.

With about five and a half minutes left in the game, Walker-Kimbrough fired a long pass to a streaking Pfirman for a reverse layup, bringing the score to 62-48, Terps. Kiara Leslie got into the books for Maryland with a strong drive and finish minutes later. Morrissette responded with a quick nine-point spurt to make it 66-59, Terps. Chloe Pavlech answered with a three for the Terps, her first points of the game.

Walker-Kimbrough finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. Jones recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds. Morrissette had 18 points, and Wilson had 14 for Purdue.

Purdue will take on Michigan Feb. 14. Maryland looks to face Northwestern the same day.