The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team begins the 2018 NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament with a matchup against the Princeton Tigers.
The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team (25-7, 12-4 Big Ten) will face the Princeton Tigers once again in the NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Terps last played Princeton in the 2014-15 NCAA tournament and beat the Tigers 85-70 as former President Barak Obama watched in attendance.
The No. 5 seed Terps will square off against No. 12 seed Tigers in Raleigh, North Carolina at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The winner advances to the next round to take on either NC State or Elon.
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Maryland failed to win the Big Ten regular-season title this season and their reign ended as consecutive Big Ten Tournament champions. Despite that, it doesn’t take away from the level of consistency and winning ways of the program.
All-Big Ten First Team Forward Kaila Charles finished the regular season averaging 18.3 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game. Furthermore, Charles finished third on the team in field goal percentage (.506).
Eleanna Cristinaki, Stephanie Jones, and Brianna Fraser averaged double figures this season as well at 12, 10.9 and 10.2 points per game respectively.
The starters for Maryland are going to get their points offensively but the key to this game is going to win the matchups in bench points and who is better defensively.
The Terps are going to have to keep their eyes on Bella Alarie (13.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG) and Leslie Robinson (10.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG). She also led the team with 124 assists. It will be essential for the Terps to take away one or both of these players’ production.
Maryland women’s basketball has now reached their eighth straight NCAA Tournament so with that amount of experience under their belt, as Head Coach Brenda Frese always preaches, they just have to go out and play Maryland basketball.