My take on Destiny Slocum—forget the incredible 70 foot shot that ended the 1st half—Destiny Slocum might just be the BEST GUARD that will ever have played at Maryland when her 4 years go bye. Destiny plays all 94 feet full throttle for every second she is in. She plays tenacious defense, is a great distributor, rebounds great for a guard, and generates a controlled frenetic pace. Today her grade had to be an A++. Yes she is a Freshman!!!
The third-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (32-2) stormed past West Virginia, 83-56, Sunday to advance to the Terrapins’ 13th NCAA Sweet Sixteen and eighth under head coach Brenda Frese.
Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Destiny Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland, which will next face the winner of Monday’s game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.
Teana Muldrow led West Virginia (24-11) with 16 points. Leading scorer Tynice Martin was limited to 10 points on 3 of 18 shooting.
The game turned in the second quarter, when Maryland outscored West Virginia 26-8 to take a 38-24 lead. After opening with a 23-4 surge, the Terrapins gave up two straight baskets before Slocum shot a two-handed, 70-foot shot from the opposite end of the court at the buzzer.
West Virginia took a five-game winning streak into the contest, including an upset of Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament championship. On this day, however, the Mountaineers were no match for a Maryland squad.
Maryland trailed 16-12 after a first quarter in which it missed 13 of 18 shots from the floor and were outrebounded 14-11.
The tone shifted dramatically at the outset of the second period. Walker-Kimbrough drilled a 3-pointer and added a fast-break layup, Jones bulled her way in the lane for two baskets and Slocum popped a jumper for a 23-16 lead.