RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kaila Charles scored 20 points and Maryland beat Princeton 77-57 on Friday in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament.
Eleanna Christinaki added 16 points, Kristen Confroy finished with 14 and Brianna Fraser had 11 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-7).
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 hasn't gone one-and-done in the tournament since 2001.
Abby Meyers scored 13 points and Bella Alarie had 12 for the 12th-seeded 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 minutes remaining.
Princeton: The Ivy League champions made the tournament for the seventh time in nine years. Now the challenge is to find a way to stick around for a couple of games, with the Tigers' only win in the event coming in 2015. Princeton's minus-18 on the boards was by far its worst performance of the season, and any chance at the upset slipped away when the Tigers missed 12 of their first 17 shots of the second half.
Maryland: The Terrapins certainly seemed comfortable opening the tournament away from College Park -- something they hadn't done in more than a decade. Charles was in charge for Maryland, reaching double figures for the 30th time in 33 games. The Terps were dominant on the glass and underneath, scoring 20 second-chance points and 30 points in the paint.
Maryland advances to the second round of the Kansas City Regional on Sunday.