Led by Confroy's eight 3-pointers, No. 8 Maryland beats Northwestern, 80-62

Maryland's Kristen Confroy, center, is congratulated by teammates after making eight 3-pointers, tying a Terps record.
Maryland's Kristen Confroy, center, is congratulated by teammates after making eight 3-pointers, tying a Terps record. (Gail Burton / Associated Press)

Maryland women's basketball sophomore Kristen Confroy got into an early rhythm, and her teammates rode her hot hand the rest of the way

Confroy set career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds as the eighth-ranked Terps cruised past Northwestern, 80-62, on Sunday.

Brene Moseley added 17 points off the bench for the Terps, who have won four straight. Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 points for Maryland (16-2, 5-1 Big Ten Conference).

Confroy tied a school record with eight 3-pointers.

"Every game, I come in with the same mentality," Confroy said. "Today was just a good day. My teammates did an awesome job of finding me. I owe it all to them, because you can't shoot 3s without assists. I am just very happy and excited for our future."

Nia Coffey led Northwestern (13-5, 2-4) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Christen Inman and Maggie Lyon had 13 points apiece for the Wildcats.

Coming off an 86-82 victory over No. 5 Ohio State on Thursday, Northwestern struggled to make shots against Maryland and went just 2-for-18 (11.1 percent) on 3-pointers.

"I am just disappointed because we didn't play very well today," Wildcats coach Joe McKeown said. "I don't have a great reason, because we played Thursday and beat Ohio State. I thought that momentum would carry into tonight. Maryland played really well. They executed, and we could not get going."

Ashley Deary made a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Wildcats some momentum heading into the fourth quarter. Maryland, however, was too tough. Confroy made a 3-pointer and Moseley hit a jumper to put the Terps up 71-55, and they were never threatened the rest of the way.

"Whatever they give me, I am going to play off of," Moseley said.

Maryland outrebounded the Wildcats 52-31.

The Terps got off to a quick start and never trailed. A jumper by Moseley gave Maryland a 26-10 lead late in the first quarter.

"We really set the tone from the tip," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we were ready to play. We jumped out early to make a statement, especially after their big win against Ohio State."

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