Maryland Women’s Basketball: These Sophomores are the Real Deal

Mar 23, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) dribbles past Princeton Tigers guard Michelle Miller (34) during the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament at Xfinity Center. Maryland defeated Princeton 85-70 to advance to the third round of play. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland women’s basketball team has had an outstanding season up to this point, as they are just two wins away from being National Champions. I can give you two big reasons why that is and they wear No. 4 and No. 32 for the Terps. Their names are Lexie Brown and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

Brown and Walker-Kimbrough have been consistently good all season long and this year’s NCAA Tournament has been no different. The past two games, they both have had shining moments on the big stage. In the Sweet 16 game, it was Walker-Kimbrough. She exploded for 24 points in the 65-55 win over the Duke Blue Devils. In the Elite Eight matchup with the Tennessee, it was Brown, who scored a team-high 15 points.

Brown has 14 games this season where she’s scored in double figures and six games with five or more assists. Walker-Kimbrough has 33 career games with double-digit scoring. Brenda Frese said of Walker-Kimbrough, “Shatori can be one of the best perimeter players we’ve had here at Maryland. She has all the tools and the drive to be great.” Watching her play is really a treat and she is one of the toughest players to guard in the nation. 

The most impressive thing about these two young ladies is that they are sophomores. To be so young, yet so poised, is an amazing feat and the whole team has benefited from it. It’s in Brown’s blood. Her father, Dee, spent 12 seasons in the NBA. She and Walker-Kimbrough work so hard day in and day out and it is finally paying off for them.

This Maryland team is really something special. If Brenda Frese’s squad is going to get the job done, it’s because these two sophomores played big, like they have done time and time again this season. The whole team is firing on all cylinders, but these two young ladies really are the future of this basketball program.

The sky is the limit for Brown and Walker-Kimbrough. They have met the expectations placed upon them and then some. With these two in the backcourt, the future is looking pretty bright for Maryland (as if the present is already bright enough).