Terps' Holmes ends basketball career


COLLEGE PARK -- The collegiate basketball career of Carla Holmes, a 5-foot-8 senior guard for the University of Maryland women's team, ended officially yesterday.

Holmes, suspended from the team last month, and coach Chris Weller reached this decision, calling it one that was "mutually agreed upon, and will allow her to attend to her priorities," said an announcement by the school's athletic department.

Before her suspension, Holmes had appeared in the Terrapins' first seven games, averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. Holmes, from Berryville, Va., had been counted on for her floor play and leadership.

An integral part of Maryland's Final Four team two years ago when she started 25 of 32 games, Holmes started 10 of 29 games last season. She averaged 10.8 points and became only the fifth Maryland player to surpass 1,000 points as a junior. She also surpassed 400 assists.

Maryland is 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference entering tomorrow's home game against North Carolina.

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