RALEIGH, N.C. – Sophomore Kaila Charles scored 20 points and the fifth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team beat 12th-seeded Princeton 77-57 on Friday in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament at Reynolds Coliseum.
They shot 56 percent in the second half, built a 43-25 rebounding advantage and pulled away in the second half to advance to the second round of the Kansas City Regional. Maryland has won an NCAA Tournament game in all 14 appearances under head coach Brenda Frese.
Abby Meyers scored 13 points and Bella Alarie had 12 for the Tigers (24-6), who allow just 54.3 points per game - 10th-best in the country. The Terps surpassed that mark in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter.
Maryland went up by double digits to stay with a 14-4 run late in the third quarter keyed by seven points from Charles, then pushed its lead in to the 20s on Fraser's layup with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Terrapins (26-7) will take on fourth-seeded N.C. State (25-8) Sunday in the NCAA Second Round.
Sunday’s game time will be announced later on Friday. It will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
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This is Maryland’s 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. This is Terps' eighth straight NCAA Tournament bid and 14th in Brenda Frese's 16 years at Maryland. The Terrapins are 45-24 (.652) all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 33-12 (.733) under Frese. She’s led the Terps to eight Sweet Sixteens, six Elite Eights, three Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA title.
Charles has scored in double figures in 30 of 33 games this season. Her 18.4 points per game are the most ever by a Terrapin sophomore. Kristen Confroy has played in 116 straight games, dating back to February of her freshman year. She is No. 3 in the Maryland record books in career three-point percentage (.405).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.