The second-seeded Maryland women's basketball team will open its Big Ten Conference tournament title defense Friday night against Minnesota.
The 10th-seeded Golden Gophers defeated No. 7 seed Penn State, 70-64, on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Their quarterfinal matchup with the Terps tips off at 6:30 p.m., less than 24 hours after their second-round win.
In its first game since a hard-fought loss to No. 1 Connecticut in late December, Maryland struggled for much of its New Year's Day matchup at Minnesota. The Terps never trailed in their 83-72 win, but the Golden Gophers closed the deficit to 68-67 with about six minutes remaining.
Senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (22 points) and senior center Brionna Jones (game-high 27 points) combined for seven points in a 9-0 rally that put the conference opener away for Maryland. Fifteen games later, in their regular-season finale, the Terps rolled to a 93-60 win in their College Park meeting.
Maryland is 7-0 against Minnesota all time and 6-0 over its first two Big Ten tournament appearances.