BTN.com staff, March 6, 2016
(AP) Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points and No. 5 Maryland beat No. 19 Michigan State 60-44 on Sunday night for its second consecutive Big Ten tournament title.
The Terrapins (30-3) used an 11-0 run to take a 38-30 lead late in the third, then opened the fourth with a 9-2 spurt to pull away. Maryland led by as many as 18 points late, and Brene Moseley and Brionna Jones each finished with 10 points.
Tori Jankoska led Michigan State (24-8) with 12 points. The Spartans made just 2 of 19 3-point attempts.
Michigan State led until the halfway point of the second quarter when Maryland jumped ahead by two points on Chloe Pavlech's 3-pointer. The Spartans answered quickly with a 7-0 run that put them in front 26-21, forcing Maryland to call a timeout.
Michigan State went into halftime ahead 26-24. Jankoska hit a 3-point shot with 2 seconds left in the half that would have given Michigan State a 29-24 lead, but she was called for traveling.
The back-and-forth scoring continued in the third. Maryland tied the game at 30 with about 6 minutes remaining in the period.
The Terrapins took advantage of a 4-minute Michigan State scoring drought. Maryland's 38-30 lead forced a Michigan State timeout, and after that, it appeared the Spartans had an answer when Aerial Powers made back-to-back jump shots to pull the Spartans within four.
But then came Maryland's 9-2 run to start the fourth. That put the Terrapins up 13, and Michigan State never pulled back within single-digits.