No. 6 Maryland beats Minnesota 110-77 to win Big Ten title
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Sixth-ranked Maryland won the Big Ten regular season title Sunday, getting a career-high 29 points from Tierney Pfirman and 24 from Brionna Jones in a surprisingly lopsided 110-77 victory over Minnesota.
The Terrapins (27-3, 16-2) will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed for a second straight season. Maryland closed with six consecutive wins to overtake Ohio State, which dealt the Terrapins both their league losses.
Coming off two straight appearances in the Final Four, Maryland will almost certainly open the NCAA Tournament at home next month.
Rachel Banham, the Big Ten's leading scorer, finished with 26 for Minnesota (19-10, 11-7). Banham picked up her second foul late in the first quarter and contributed only nine points in the decisive first half, which ended with the Terrapins up 52-34.
The Gophers were coming off a 90-88 upset of No. 5 Ohio State but could not pull off an encore against Maryland.