COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 points, and No. 6 Maryland cruised past Wake Forest 76-49 Thursday night for its 13th straight victory.
The Terrapins (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by 15 at halftime and stretched the margin to 21 with 14 minutes left en route to their 16th consecutive win over the Demon Deacons (9-6, 0-2).
Alyssa Thomas had 11 points, five rebounds and six assists for Maryland, ending her run of 13 successive double-doubles. Alicia DeVaughn contributed 11 points, Chloe Pavlech added 10 and the Terrapins had assists on 23 of their 31 baskets.
Dearica Hamby had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Demon Deacons, who have dropped two in a row following a five-game winning streak.
Wake Forest closed to within 13 early in the second half before Walker-Kimbrough scored on a follow, Thomas hit a jumper and DeVaughn made a layup for a 51-32 lead.
That effectively ended any hope the Demon Deacons had of pulling off an upset. This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams, and with Maryland headed to the Big Ten next season, this series could go on a hiatus for a long time.
Wake Forest probably won’t complain. The Demon Deacons trail 57-12 and haven’t defeated the Terrapins since Feb. 13, 2003.
Hamby had 14 points and seven rebounds before halftime, but the Terrapins used 6-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc and had assists on 13 of their 17 baskets in taking a 43-28 lead at the break.
Wake Forest led 10-9 before Malina Howard made two straight layups to ignite a 19-11 run that put the Terrapins up 28-21. Five different players scored in the surge, led by DeVaughn and Pavlech with five points apiece.
Hamby kept it close, scoring 14 of the Demon Deacons’ first 27 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Only one other Wake Forest player had more than two points in the first half.