COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Shatori Walker-Kimbrough cut to the basket from the right side, caught a pass from Brene Moseley and made an easy layup between two defenders.
What appeared to be simply another collaboration of two standout players was actually a milestone moment in Maryland women’s basketball history.
Walker-Kimbrough became the 30th Terrapin to reach 1,000 points, scoring 20 to lead fifth-ranked Maryland past Southern 94-61 Friday night.
Brionna Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-0) and Moseley added 10 points and 10 assists. It was Maryland’s 28th consecutive win at home.
Walker-Kimbrough has 1,006 points in her career and owns a team-high 18.8 average this season. The 5-foot-11 junior guard has reached double figures in all 10 games.
Walker-Kimbrough hit the 1,000-point mark with 3:24 left in the second quarter on that crisp pass from Moseley.
“It’s an honor, but I want to thank everyone that has helped me get to this point,” Walker-Kimbrough said. “Not just this year’s team, but also my freshman and sophomore year teams. I had a bunch of great players around me that helped me get to this milestone.”
Moseley is one of them. The senior guard went over the 300-mark in assists, becoming only the 18th Maryland player to do so.
“I do my best to get Shatori the ball, but she’s the one that does most of the work,” Moseley said.
The basket gave the Terrapins a 41-22 lead. The margin would swell to 21 at halftime, and a layup by Walker-Kimbrough made it 63-37 midway through the third quarter.
Senior guard Britney Washington scored 24 points for Southern (2-5) in her season debut. Washington led the Jaguars in scoring last season but missed the first six games awaiting academic certification.
She went 9 for 23 from the floor and 3 for 11 from 3-point range.
“It took her a few minutes to shake some of the rust off,” Southern coach Sandy Pugh said. “It was good to see her get back into a rhythm.”
Coming off an 86-46 loss at Iowa State, the Jaguars fell behind 23-8 in the first quarter. It was 33-22 before a layup by Walker-Kimbrough launched a 17-9 spurt to close the first half.
Maryland stretched its lead to 31 points late in the third quarter and took a 74-44 lead into the final 10 minutes.
“That’s the best team we’ve seen,” Pugh said. “We’ve played Texas A&M, Nebraska, everybody. Those kids are special.”
None of those other teams have Walker-Kimbrough.
“She’s just a tremendous athlete,” Pugh said. “You can’t go to sleep when she’s got the ball.”
Pugh knew Maryland was going to be tough to beat, and she was right.
“Anytime you’re playing the No. 5 team in the country, you expect them to have prolific scorers. They did,” she said. “You expect them to have bigs who can bang. They did. You’ve got to expect that, because we’re not playing against kids in the backyard. They’re the real deal.”
The Jaguars host Tougaloo College on Monday.