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Kaila Charles makes her voice heard as Maryland's next women's basketball star

Kaila Charles makes her voice heard as Maryland's next women's basketball star

You’re liable to hear Kaila Charles before you see her.

Start with Taiwan, where the Maryland women’s basketball team traveled in August to represent the United States in the World University Games. Shoved together in a cramped apartment and groggy from jet lag, the other players could only marvel at the way Charles rose with the sun, yapping at full volume.

“She is so loud,” senior guard Kristen Confroy said, grinning broadly. “Maybe it’s not even yelling for her. It’s just talking.”

It’s the same story every time the No. 17 Terps line up to take the floor for a game. Charles’ exhortations drown out all the other sounds in the...

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