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Maryland fends off Spartans as Walker-Kimbrough drops 30

#5 Maryland Terrapins and # 17 Michigan State Spartans finally played their game which had to be postponed due to a winter storm in the area. The Terps were ready to battle, led by Walker-Kimbrough, Jones and Moseley. For the Spartans, Powers had 31, yet it wasn't enough to beat Maryland.

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College Park, MD -- The Terps showed no hesitation from the start against No.17 Michigan State on their home court Friday night. The Spartans struggled to find their rhythm at the beginning of the game as they trailed by eight in the first quarter 22 to 14.

Maryland's dominant post Brionna Jones wasted no time, as she enforced her physical will.

Michigan State Head Coach Suzy Merchant felt her team did not do a great job offensively and defensively commenting on Brionna Jones' high level of play, "The fouls go to the kids that play with that kind of attack mode, and she definitely played with that early, and I thought Shatori did as well."

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough coming off of her 41-point game against Purdue Tuesday continues to show her skills as she led Maryland at the end of the first quarter with twelve points.

The Spartans' Morgan Green tried to stir up some momentum, downing a three-pointer at the start of the second quarter, but the Terps continued to keep their lead as they distributed the ball to everyone proving their versatility.

Michigan State remained unable to find their rhythm, as the Terps extended their lead to 14 points at the end of the first half leading, 42-28.

Aerial Powers led the Spartans with 13 points at the half, but Michigan State only shot 13 of 35 from the field, which further revealed their inability to find their shot in Xfinity Center.

The Spartans came out with a new sense of resolve as they hustled down the court fighting to get to the basket, but Maryland matched their urgency, showing no signs of slowing down.

And one reason was their superstar Walker-Kimbrough. There was no stopping her, as Walker-Kimbrough made shot after shot throughout the third quarter reaching 28 points. Senior guard Brene Moseley also gave a spark for Maryland keeping them ahead as she finessed her way to the basket and draining a three-pointer.

The Spartans were still unable to find a way to keep up with the Terps as they trailed 61-48 after three.

Michigan State continued to play catch up for the rest of the game, and even thought they showed resilience, Maryland's persistence made it hard for the Spartans to find their groove even after an excellent fourth quarter showing in which they grinded to close the gap.

Even with the concerted effort from the Spartans late in the fourth, the Terps find another win at home over the Spartans 85-76 with the help of Moseley tallying 17 points, Jones with 17 points and rebounds, and Walker-Kimbrough 30.

Powers led the Spartans with 31 points and Branndais Agee following with 22.

"It was a really good hard-fought win," said Maryland head coach Brenda Frese. "I love the fact that we're being battle tested against great teams, I mean Michigan State's a great team, there's a reason why they're third in the conference. They really had to make us work tonight, and I thought that we came out ready to play."

The Terps are now 10-1 in the Big Ten and 21-2 overall.