EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Maryland wrapped up a perfect inaugural season in Big Ten play, beating No. 25 Northwestern 69-48 Sunday behind reserve guard Brene Moseley’s 18 points.
Maryland, which moved over from the Atlantic Coast Conference, went 18-0 against Big Ten opponents this season.
Brionna Jones had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 11 points as the Terrapins (27-2) pulled away in the second half for their 21st straight win.
Nia Coffey scored 14 points, Lauren Douglas had 11 and Maggie Lyon added 10 as Northwestern (22-7, 12-6) had its eight-game winning streak end.
Maryland clinched the Big Ten regular-season title outright last week and heads into this week’s conference tournament in suburban Chicago as the top seed.
Northwestern closed with its most successful regular season in 19 years.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Laurin Mincy and Chloe Pavlech put the Terrapins ahead 27-21 with 5:49 left in the first half, an advantage they maintained on their way to a 32-26 lead at the break.
Northwestern managed just one field goal and missed 11 straight shots in the first nine minutes of the second half. Maryland, meanwhile, added inside scoring to the mix on the way to a 47-33 lead with 11:29 showing.
The Terrapins opened a 60-39 lead as Moseley hit a 3-pointer and Walker-Kimbrough added a free throw with 6:13 to play.
Maryland: The Terrapins’ regular-season title is the fourth in coach Brenda Frese’s 14 seasons, including three in the ACC before joining the Big Ten in 2014.
Northwestern: The Wildcats’ 12 conference wins are the most since 1992-93. Northwestern remains three wins away from matching the school record of 25 wins set in 1978-79.
Maryland enters the Big Ten tournament as top seed and opens Friday at the Sears Centre in suburban Chicago.
Northwestern would play either Thursday or Friday once tournament seedings were determined Sunday night.
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