Minnesota falls to No. 4 Maryland

Published 9:05 am Monday, January 2, 2017

Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell led the Gophers with 20 and 19 points, respectively, but in the end, it was not enough as Minnesota fell to No. 4 Maryland 83-72 Sunday in its Big Ten opener. Minnesota retired Big Ten all-time leading scorer Rachel Banham’s jersey prior to the game.

Brionna Jones scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 22 points and 10 assists as the No. 4 Terrapins held off the Gophers.

Kaila Charles had 12 for Maryland (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten), which rebounded from its first loss of the season to UConn on Thursday.

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‘’I was concerned coming into this came because of the emotion behind the last game and having a quick turnaround,’’ said coach Brenda Frese. ‘’I thought we showed some uncharacteristic fatigue in the first quarter, but I thought in the second half we really came into stride.’’

Jones scored eight points in the fourth quarter and Walker-Kimbrough seven in the final frame that was capped by a 15-5 Terrapins run.

‘’That just comes from the experience and the games that we played together,’’ Jones said.

Joanna Hedstrom had 12 for Minnesota (9-6, 0-2).