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Maryland puts away Illinois in first half, cruises to 12th straight win

Maryland puts away Illinois in first half, cruises to 12th straight win

With the regular season moving into the final weeks, the Maryland women’s basketball team continued on the path to perfection in the Big Ten by dispatching visiting Illinois, 84-59, on Thursday night.

The third-ranked Terrapins (24-1, 12-0) removed virtually all doubt regarding the outcome with a pair of first-half runs, including 14-2 to close the second quarter, to spark a 12th consecutive triumph. Maryland also continued the best start to a season in program history by remaining unbeaten in seven all-time meetings with the Fighting Illini.

The Terrapins, the only Big Ten team without a conference loss, kept their hold on first place in the Big Ten by one game over No. 13...

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