Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen) had 16 points and nine rebounds, reserve Sara Vujacic made all four of her shots during the decisive first half and No. 10 Maryland rolled past Northwestern, 72-57, Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.
The Terrapins gained sole possession of first place in the Big Ten, a half-game ahead of Rutgers . Maryland (21-2, 10-2) faces the Scarlet Knights on the road Sunday, looking to avenge a 73-65 defeat on Dec. 31.
As a prelude to that rematch, the Terrapins dominated Northwestern from start to finish. Vujacic scored 10 points to help Maryland take a 41-20 halftime lead, and the Jones opened the second half with two straight baskets to erase any chance of a comeback.
The fourth-place Wildcats (14-9, 7-5) came in riding a 5-1 streak and had won three straight on the road. But they missed their first 12 shots, fell behind by 19 early in the second quarter and never rallied in their most lopsided Big Ten loss of the season.
Lindsey Pulliam tallied 18 points on 8-for-22 shooting and Abi Schied scored 16. Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah grabbed 13 rebounds, but her run of seven successive double-doubles ended with a 5-point performance in which she missed all nine of her field goal attempts.
During their 0-for-12 start from the field, the Wildcats got their only points from Kunaiyi-Akpanah at the foul line while falling behind 15-3.
Schied finally made Northwestern's first basket with 2:12 left in a first quarter that ended with Maryland up 22-8.
Early in the quarter, Vujacic drilled a 3 and Jones made a layup for a 29-10 lead.
Vujacic, a junior college transfer and native of Slovenia, missed her only shot of the second half. But she scored in double figures for only the second time and easily topped her season average of 3.2 points per game.
LIU-Brooklyn 77, Mount St. Mary's 62: Jalen Gibbs went 5-for-11, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and 2-for-2 from the line for 17 points, but the visiting Mount (5-19, 2-9 Northeast Conference ) fell the Blackbirds (11-12, 5-6). LIU-Brooklyn used a second-half surge to outscore the Mount, 41-29. Ty Flowers had a game-high 18 points for the Blackbirds.
The Mount shot 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from the floor in the first half, and was 3-of-9 (.333) from 3-point range. LIU shot 42.4 percent (14-of-33) in the opening half, but hit 5-of-12 (.417) from beyond the arc. The Mount scored 11 points off eight first-half turnovers.