CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Kristen Confroy scored 17 points and Brionna Jones added 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead No. 6 Maryland past Illinois 79-63 Thursday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Confroy went 7 of 9 from the field and Jones finished 7 of 10 and hauled down 11 defensive rebounds for Maryland (12-1).
Chatrice White led Illinois (7-5) with 14 points, while Sarah Hartwell and Kennedy Cattenhead added nine each.
Maryland took an 8-0 lead, but Illinois made up the deficit and tied it at 14-all to end the first quarter.
The Terrapins went ahead for good in the second, outscoring the Illini 25-18 to lead 39-32 at the break.
The second half began much like the first half ended, with the Terrapins extending the lead to 61-45 through three quarters.
Maryland dominated the boards, outrebounding Illinois 55-26.
Maryland: Defeated Illinois for the fifth straight time, and earned its first win in Champaign. Maryland joined the Big Ten at the start of the 2014 season. ... Jones was coming off a 24-point performance on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York in an 83-73 loss to top-ranked Connecticut.
Maryland: Hosts No. 9 Ohio State on Saturday.
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