HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. – Lexie Brown scored 17 points to help No. 4 Maryland beat No. 24 Northwestern 74-63 on Saturday night, sending the Terrapins to the Big Ten women's basketball tournament championship game in their first season in the league.
Laurin Mincy and Brene Moseley added 15 apiece as the top-seed Terrapins (29-2) face second seed Iowa or third-seeded Ohio State in Sunday's title game.
Hopkins High School's Nia Coffey had 23 points before fouling out, while Alex Cohen added 12 for the fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-8).
Coffey had 14 points as Northwestern opened an early 23-12 lead while Maryland managed just 5-for-18 (25 percent from the field) in the same span.
The Wildcats had two more 11-point leads until the Terrapins pushed back over the final nine minutes of the half.
Maryland scored 11 unanswered points in a span of 2:12 for a 34-29 lead with 38 seconds left while Kiara Leslie's buzzer-beating putback opened a 36-31 halftime lead.
Mincy and Brown hit three-pointers 45 seconds apart as Maryland pushed the lead to double digits. Mincy hit another with 13:38 left as the Terrapin claimed a 53-35 advantage.
Maryland then missed 17 of its next 18 shots while Northwestern launched a 15-5 surge that cut the deficit to 58-50 with 3:03 to play.