No. 6 Maryland aces first test, routs No. 23 Arizona State

BY foxsports • November 25, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 20 points and No. 6 Maryland led by as many as 32 points in the first half in an 83-42 victory over 23rd-ranked Arizona State on Friday.

Brionna Jones added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Brianna Fraser scored 11 points for the Terrapins (5-0). They shot 55 percent from the field and used a stifling defense to race to leads of 10-0, 24-4 and 38-6 in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

After routing four inferior opponents, Maryland figured to be tested for the first time. Instead the Terrapins hit 13 of their first 17 shots while their press forced Arizona State into a 1-of-17 start from the field with nine turnovers.

Relli Richardson scored 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting for the Sun Devils (2-2), They shot 28 percent from the field in their second straight loss.

Early in the second quarter, Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne had taken more timeouts (2) than her team had field goals (1). She later picked up a technical foul.

Sophie Brunner, who was held to four points, committed six of Arizona State's 20 turnovers.

Kaila Charles had 10 points and seven rebounds and freshman Destiny Slocum scored 10 points for Maryland.

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Arizona State: The loss to Marquette a week ago doesn't look as bad after the Golden Eagles then won Tuesday at No. 22 Oregon State. But this one-sided defeat was a wakeup call for a team that starts two freshmen.

Maryland: The Terrapins entered with a Sagarin schedule strength of 342 out of 349 Division I teams. But Arizona State proved no match either ahead of December non-conference showdowns against No. 4 Louisville and No. 2 UConn.

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Arizona State faces St. John's on Saturday to conclude the two-game, fixed-matchup event at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.

Maryland plays Washington State on Saturday to conclude its first trip to Las Vegas since the 1978-79 season.


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