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Twosome strikes again for No. 6 Maryland

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones led the way again for the Terps, combining for 35 points in Maryland's 74-59 win over Rutgers Sunday. Kahleah Copper had 23 points for the Scarlet Knights.

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The Maryland Terrapins defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 74-59 Sunday in New Jersey. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 21 points and Brionna Jones secured another double-double for Maryland.

The Terps and Scarlet Knights got off to a hot start with both teams distributing and shooting the ball well. Maryland led 8-7 after four points from Walker-Kimbrough about halfway through the first quarter.

Kahleah Copper hit a three early on for Rutgers and then finished a layup after an offensive rebound to give the Scarlet Knights a 9-8 lead with about four minutes remaining in the first.

Jones tied the game at 10-10 with a layup a few possession later, then Tierney Pfirman knocked down a turnaround jumper in the lane to put the Terps up 12-10.

A Malina Howard basket with about 16 seconds left in the first gave Maryland a 14-11 edge. A long two by Rutgers' Tyler Scaife at the buzzer put the score at 14-13, Terps, after one.

Kristen Confroy sunk a three to give the Terps a 19-15 lead a little less than halfway through the second quarter. A Copper fallaway closed the gap to two, but Walker-Kimbrough answered with a three to get the score up to 22-17, Maryland.

Jones and Brene Moseley chipped in to extend the Maryland lead to 26-17 less than four minutes remaining before halftime. The Terps' Kiah Gillespie tipped in a basket to bring it to 28-19, Maryland, before Walker-Kimbrough drove to the hole for another two.

Gillespie then found Jones inside with a minute left in the second frame, putting Maryland up 32-21. Jones paid back the favor with an assist to Gillespie with about 10 seconds left. The Scarlet Knights weren't able to get a shot off on their final possession of the quarter, leaving the score at 34-21 through two quarters.

At halftime, Walker-Kimbrough led all scorers with nine points to go along with four rebounds. Jones had eight points and six rebounds. Copper and Scaife had seven points apiece for the Scarlet Knights, and Shrita Parker grabbed six boards.

Maryland shot 51.7 percent from the field and held Rutgers to 27.6 percent shooting in the first half.

Rutgers got the first few baskets of the third quarter to get the Maryland lead down to 37-25. Jones displayed fancy footwork in the lane with about seven and a half minutes left to get some second-half points on the board for the Terps.

The Scarlet Knights' Rachel Hollivay added four points through the middle part of the third quarter, while Copper continued to find the bottom of the net. She hit a three with 4:46 remaining in the frame to put the score at 45-30, Maryland.

Jones got inside the paint again with a little more than three minutes left in the third. Scaife hit a jumper on the other end about a minute later. Copper then sunk a basket after an assist from Parker. Parker finished on a nifty layup with about 45 seconds left.

Walker-Kimbrough tacked on another two and Gillespie swished a three to close out the third quarter, giving the Terps a 56-38 advantage with a quarter remaining.

Moseley stretched the Maryland lead to 20 with a layup early in the fourth quarter. She finished again on a stop-on-a-dime move in the paint to make it 60-40, Maryland. Hollivay got one at the line on the next Rutgers possession.

Pfirman found Walker-Kimbrough for three about halfway through the final frame. Copper got a jumper to go for Rutgers about a minute later, making it 65-48, Terps.

Kiara Leslie - who notched 10 points in the Terps' last contest, a 76-56 win over Michigan Feb. 17 - saw some time in the later part of the fourth quarter, along with teammates Brianna Fraser, A'Lexus Harrison, and Aja Ellison.

Copper hit another three with 2:43 left, putting the tally at 67-51, Maryland. She worked inside for a layup about a minute later, but her Scarlet Knights could not come back from the deep hole they found themselves in late in the game. Confroy sunk two free throws with 14 seconds to go, sealing the 74-59 Maryland win.

Walker-Kimbrough finished with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, Jones recorded 14 points and 11 boards, and Moseley had 10 points and five assists for the Terps. Copper led the way for the Scarlet Knights with 23 points, Hollivay and Scaife had 11 apiece, and Parker had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Next up for Rutgers is Purdue on Feb. 25. The Terps look to take on Wisconsin the same day.