Backup Christy made decision to leave Terps

October 03, 1992|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

Former Maryland women's basketball player Estelle Christy said yesterday that her departure from the school was not because of academic difficulties.

Rather, Christy, a 5-foot-8 guard, said she had decided to leave Maryland before she was declared academically ineligible.

Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger confirmed that Christy, who would have been a senior this fall, had requested a release from her scholarship after the end of last season to attend another school.

Geiger said he granted that release June 5.

"Estelle made the decision to leave. She was not forced to leave," Geiger said.

Christy, who averaged 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season as Maryland's backup point guard, said she was three credits short of eligibility when the spring semester ended.

"If I had planned to attend the University of Maryland, I would have attended summer school and made myself eligible," Christy said.

Christy said she was concerned that Maryland coach Chris Weller told the Diamondback, Maryland's student newspaper, that she was ineligible for the coming season.

"My coach made it seem like I was leaving because I was academically dismissed, and that's not the case at all," Christy said.

A Maryland athletic department spokesman said Weller was on a recruiting trip and could not be reached for comment.

Christy, contacted at her home in Bridgeport, Conn., said she does not plan to play any more college basketball, but would pursue a degree toward a goal of becoming an electronics technician.

Both Christy and Limor Mizrachi, the sophomore starting point guard on the Maryland team that reached the NCAA Mideast Regional final this past season, have left the university since the end of the school year.

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