NCAA Tournament 2018: Maryland Terrapins Women’s Basketball route Princeton 77-57

Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball strives to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament starting with the first-round matchup against Princeton.

The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team is moving on to the next round of the NCAA Tournament after a second-half surge results in a 77-57 win over the Princeton Tigers.

Terps’ playmakers Kaila Charles, Eleanna Cristinaki and Kristen Confroy as the Terps pulled away from the Princeton Tigers (24-6, 12-2 Ivy League).

Now after taking down Princeton twice in the NCAA tournament, this year’s matchup seemed like it’d be a hard-fought contest from the opening tip to the buzzer.

The Tigers got on a run of their own leading to 31-26 Terps lead but everything changed once the Terps put their foot on the gas on both sides of the floor in the second half.

At halftime, Maryland had the advantage on the boards, outrebounding Princeton 24-13 as well as three-point percentage (37.5 percent) and free throw percentage (88.9 percent on 8-of-9).

Late in the third quarter, Maryland got out to a 19-6 run and kept their foot on the gas for the rest of the game. Charles, Cristinaki, and Confroy combined for 50 of the Terps 77 points.

The Terps only held Princeton’s best player Bella Alarie to 12 points and six rebounds. Maryland advances to play the winner of the 13th-seeded Elon versus 4th-seeded NC State on Sunday in the round of 32.

Now it’s just a waiting game for Maryland as both NC State or Elon could give the Terps a challenge in the second round. However, after a performance like this against Princeton, the Terps could get hot and go on a run.