Sophomore Guard Strickland To Transfer

Destination Undecided

Maryland Women's Basketball

April 15, 2009|By Mike Klingaman | Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

Maryland sophomore guard Marah Strickland, a two-time Baltimore Sun Player of the Year out of Towson Catholic, will transfer after the spring semester, her family confirmed yesterday.

The 6-foot Strickland, who started 23 games for the Terps and averaged nearly nine points, has not decided which college she will attend next year, her mother said.

"Marah has a few schools in mind," Joanna Strickland said. "Really this just happened [recently]. She actually just sat down and expressed an interest in leaving."

Strickland scored in double figures in 14 games for Maryland and had 15 points in the Terps' final game, a loss to Louisville in the NCAA tournament regional final. But her playing time decreased by more than 100 minutes from her freshman year, when Strickland started 36 games and averaged 8.5 points.

As a rookie, she was second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in three-point-shooting percentage while earning honorable mention on the ACC All-Freshman team.

"We enjoyed having Marah as part of the Maryland basketball program the past two seasons," Terps coach Brenda Frese said in a statement. "We wish her all the best in the future."

Strickland is the second Maryland sophomore to leave in recent days. Last week, Drey Mingo, a 6-2 forward from Atlanta, announced her decision to transfer to seek more playing time. Mingo played in 33 games last season, averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.

Maryland returns two starters from this season's 31-5 team, forward Dee Liles and center Lynetta Kizer, the 2009 ACC Rookie of the Year. They'll be joined by three of the nation's top high school players: Dara Taylor, a 5-9 guard from Wilmington, Del.; Tianna Hawkins, a 6-3 forward from Clinton; and Essence Townsend, a 6-7 center out of Paterson, N.J.

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