MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brionna Jones had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 17 points, and No. 5 Maryland beat Wisconsin 81-70 Thursday night for its 18th straight win.
Lexie Brown added 15 points and seven assists for the Terrapins (24-2, 15-0 Big Ten). Maryland clinched at least a share of the regular season title and secured the top seed in the conference tournament.
Wisconsin (8-17, 4-11) trailed by as much as 17 in the first half before hitting three 3s in the opening 5 minutes of the second half to help pull to 49-46. Jacki Gulczynski had two 3s during the 16-6 run after halftime.
Maryland held off Wisconsin from there, getting a lift from Jones’ inside play.
The 6-foot-3 center went 3 of 5 from the field the rest of the way before missing the last couple minutes with an apparent lower left leg injury.
The Terps benefited from a fast start, forcing five turnovers in the first 10 minutes to build a 13-point lead. Maryland pounced on virtually every mistake during that stretch, helping to build a 28-13 edge in points off turnovers for the night.
The Terps seemed to feed off the energy from coach Brenda Frese, who watched with delight after her team forced a turnover after trapping Tessa Cichy in the corner in front of the Maryland bench on Wisconsin’s first possession.
Maryland forced another backcourt turnover a few minutes later and the Terps built a methodical 21-8 lead.
Cichy finished with 17 points, while Dakota Whyte and Nicole Bauman each had 16 points.
Maryland: Terps won the only other meeting between the two schools, 91-82 in 1982 in College Park. … Maryland shot 54 percent in the first half before finish the game at 49 percent. … The Terps enjoy a three-game lead in their inaugural year in the conference with three games left in the regular season.
Wisconsin: Badgers fell to 0-6 against Top 25 teams. … Cassie Rochel finished with 11 rebounds, while Gulczynski had eight points.
Maryland: Hosts Penn State on Monday.
Wisconsin: Hosts Northwestern on Sunday.