In their first exhibition, Maryland held a 30-0 lead over Catholic. Holy Family came out shooting on Saturday and kept the game close for a while, making their first two attempts from beyond the arc and several circus shots in the paint.
But the Tigers from Holy Family never led. They trailed just 17-14 at the second media timeout, but Maryland extended that lead to 11 points at the next break, 17 at the Under-4 timeout, and 22 at halftime. A swarming defensive effort in the second half, mixed with Holy Family’s shots no longer finding their mark, allowed the No. 6 ranked Lady Terps to run away with a 99-44 victory.
Maryland’s regular season will begin on Friday when they go on the road to face South Florida.
Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough played 16 minutes and proved to be one of the most athletic players Maryland has. She recorded two steals for herself in addition to helping force several others, grabbed five rebounds and trailed only Alyssa Thomas with 14 points.
After the game, Walker-Kimbrough spoke about the impact she had on the contest. “I just try to make an impact as soon as possible,” she said. Like coach said, make them feel uncomfortable and if they feel comfortable then we’re doing something wrong.”
Thomas recorded a double double in the exhibition with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The only other Terp to score in double figures was freshman Lexie Brown; the No. 3 point guard recruit from this year’s freshman class according to ESPN HoopGurlz’s rankings. She scored 10 points and, along with Walker Kimbrough, drew high praise from head coach Brenda Frese after the game.
“We’re really active with our hands,” Frese said. “Especially when Shatori and Lexie are in, we get even more tips on balls in terms of how active they are with ball pressure.”
The Maryland women’s next game in Comcast will be on Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. against Loyola (MD).
The Terps would love to count their 110-34 victory over the Catholic Cardinals toward their final record. The team opened the game with a 30-0 run, then opened the second half with a nearly-as-impressive 19-0 run.
Catholic managed just 10 points in the first half as Maryland used a lot of full-court press during the early stages of the exhibition. Quick hands helped Maryland force a lot of turnovers throughout the game. The only complaint for the Terps is that they did get a little sloppy with the ball once the game was in hand. Still, they scored consistently throughout, 54 points in the first half and 56 in the second.
Redshirt Junior guard Laurin Mincy led the #5 ranked Terps with 15 points. Four other players scored double figures, including freshman center Brionna Jones and freshman guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
Jones, a local player, was named All-Met Player of the Year by the Baltimore Sun during her junior year at Aberdeen High School. She averaged a double-double that season. Despite tearing her right ACL during her senior year, she was still named the No. 55 overall recruit by ESPN in their HoopGurlz rankings.
Walker-Kimbrough is from Pennsylvania and played at Hopewell High School. ESPN’s No. 43 overall recruit, she was named Player of the Year after both her junior and senior seasons by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After her senior year, she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the entire state of Pennsylvania.
Freshman forward A’Lexus Harrison got plenty of playing time in the second half against Catholic. Harrison started all four years at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore. She received All-Met recognition from the Baltimore Sun for three years, making their second team as a sophomore and first team in her final two seasons.
Guard Lexie Brown, the fourth and final freshman on this year’s squad, didn’t even seriously consider any other schools before committing to Maryland. She attended North Gwinnett High School roughly 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, GA. The No. 3 point guard and No. 15 overall recruit as ranked by ESPN, Brown was a McDonald’s All-American her senior year and will be a big part of the team’s future as two out of five seniors on the squad are guards.
The Lady Terps will play another exhibition on Saturday, November 2 against Holy Family at 2:00 p.m. at Comcast. Their regular season will open on the road at South Florida on Friday, November 8.