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Walker-Kimbrough reaches boiling point, bursts for 41

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough dumped in a career-high 41 points to help the Maryland Terrapins coast past the Purdue Boilermakers 87-67 Tuesday night. The junior went 17-of-21 from the field and became just the second player in Maryland history to score 40 points in a game.

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Shatori Walker-Kimbrough leads the Maryland Terrapins in scoring, averaging 18 points per game this season. Tuesday night in Purdue's Mackey Arena, Walker-Kimbrough took things to a whole new level. The junior finished with 41 points of 17-of-21 shooting, becoming just the second Terrapin to reach 40 points in a game; current WNBA player Marissa Coleman had a 42-point game as a Terp in 2009.

The Terps and Boilermakers kept the score relatively close throughout the first few minutes of play, with Maryland clinging to a 17-15 lead after the first quarter. It wasn't until the second quarter that the Terps broke open a double-digit lead. They went to the locker room with a 41-28 advantage.

Maryland shot 63.3 percent from the field in the opening two periods and 68 percent in the closing two periods, leading to a 65.5 percent shooting efficiency for the game.

Purdue made a bit of a comeback in the third quarter, going on a 9-0 run in the last few minutes of the frame to bring the score within nine at 61-52, Terps. After a timeout Maryland composed itself and got back on the same track it had ridden throughout the second quarter.

Walker-Kimbrough put the game away in the fourth, going on to score more points against the Boilermakers than any other player ever. Kristen Confroy and Brionna Jones tallied 13 points apiece and Malina Howard had 12 for Maryland. Purdue's Ashley Morrissette had 19 points. The Terps out-rebounded Purdue 28 to 25 and scored 44 in the paint to Purdue's 22.

Next up for the Boilermakers is Wisconsin on Feb. 8th. The Terps look to face Michigan State Feb. 5th.