No. 5 Maryland women beat No. 20 Iowa 93-88
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Brionna Jones scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half and had 15 rebounds to help No. 5 Maryland extend its winning streak to 13 games with a 93-88 victory over No. 20 Iowa on Sunday.
The Terrapins (19-2, 10-0) moved two games ahead of the second-place Hawkeyes in the Big Ten standings. Jones has five double-doubles in her past six games.
Lexie Brown led Maryland with 26 points, and Laurin Mincy added 15.
Ally Disterhoft scored 22 points for Iowa (17-4, 8-2), and Melissa Dixon had 18 points.
Maryland played tight perimeter defense to defend against Iowa's 3-point shooters. The Hawkeyes, who lead the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 40 percent, made 8 of 15 shots from beyond the arc.
The Terrapins trailed at the half, 45-44, for the first time this season against a conference opponent. However, Maryland began to pound the ball inside to Jones, who responded with 12 straight points to give the Terps a 56-54 lead 13:53 remaining.
The Hawkeyes then went on an 8-0 run and led 62-56 with just over 12 minutes left. Maryland retook the lead at 72-70 on Brene Moseley's layup and free throw with 7:45 remaining.
The teams then traded baskets before Brown's 3-pointer and Mincy's free throw capped a 13-2 run and extended the Terrapins' margin to six at 78-72 with 6:19 left.
A steal by Jones set up a free throw by Brown and Maryland led 86-82 with just over a minute remaining. Brown then sealed it with a layup and pair of free throws in the final 38 seconds.
Samantha Logic added 17 points for Iowa, and Bethany Doolittle had 16.
Iowa: Disterhoft, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in 35 of 38 career starts. Iowa is 30-8 in those games.
Maryland: The Terrapins have won 19 consecutive games against Big Ten opponents, dating to 2007. Maryland also has been dominant in its inaugural season in the Big Ten, leading the conference at 83.2 points per game.
Maryland travels to Penn State on Thursday night.
Iowa hosts Ohio State on Thursday night.