COLLEGE PARK — Stephanie Jones had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the No. 20 Maryland women’s basketball team defeated 22nd-ranked Northwestern, 70-61, on Sunday in a duel between Big Ten contenders.
Taylor Mikesell scored 14, and Ashley Owusu and Blair Watson had 13 points apiece for the Terps, who took charge with a 12-5 run in the fourth quarter after the Wildcats closed to 48-46.
The game was a rematch of a Dec. 31 meeting in which the Wildcats rolled to an 81-58 victory. Maryland was 8-0 against Northwestern before this season.
“Just a fun game, I mean we really wanted to come out and punch first and set the tone,” Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we did that in the first quarter. Then, I thought Northwestern, being the great team that they are, made a terrific run in the second. Halftime came at about the right time for us to able to go in there and regroup.
“I am really proud of the punch we came back with in the third quarter and the second half. I think it speaks volumes to this team, just their fight and their commitment to stay the course. A month ago, we didn’t quite adjust to this game that well, so I think you see the strides that we’ve been able to make coming out of that.”
Lindsey Pulliam scored 20 for the Wildcats (17-2, 7-2), who came in with a five-game winning streak and a share of first place with Iowa, which faced Michigan State later Sunday.
The Terps (16-4, 7-2) have won five straight since losing at Iowa on Jan. 9.
Maryland forward Shakira Austin left with a left ankle injury late in the first quarter and did not return. The 6-foot-5 Austin ranks second on the team in scoring and rebounding and leads in blocked shots.
The injury occurred with the Terps up 17-11, but Maryland scored only 10 points in the second quarter and trailed 30-27 at halftime.
The Terps bounced back in the third quarter, holding Northwestern without a field goal for nearly five minutes during a 12-1 run that made it 48-39.
Maryland will travel to Ohio State (11-8, 4-4) for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff on Thursday in Columbus.
UMBC 74, Maine 54: Te’yJah Oliver scored 25 points and the Retrievers took down the reigning America East Conference champion Black Bears. It was the first time in 13 years that UMBC defeated Maine on the road.
Oliver shot 10-for-13 from the field and 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, and also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds for her first double double of the season. Freshman guard Lyric Swann (Long Reach) tied her career-high with 16 points, while Paula Rubio added 10 points.
The Retrievers head to Albany on Wednesday to close out the first half of conference play. The opening tip is set for 11 a.m.
Towson 84, Hofstra 71: Q. Murray scored a career-high 22 points to help the host Tigers beat the Pride (3-15, 0-7) for their sixth straight victory.
Kionna Jeter and Nukiya Mayo each scored 21 points and Ryan Holder added 12 for Towson, which improved to 10-8 and 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Murray shot 9-for-17 from the field and is closing in on 1,000 career points with 922.
Towson hits the road for the next three games, taking on Drexel on Friday night in Philadelphia for a rematch of the 2019 CAA title game.