Maryland women's basketball loses fourth player to transfer this offseason

Maryland's Kiara Leslie shoots between Michigan's Sierra Thompson, left, and Kelsey Mitchell, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in College Park, Md. Maryland won, 76-56.

Maryland women's basketball guard Kiara Leslie will graduate this summer and transfer to North Carolina State, the program announced Wednesday. She becomes the fourth Terp to transfer this offseason.

Leslie, who missed all of last season with an offseason ankle injury, has two more years of eligibility remaining after redshirting as a junior in 2016-17. Her brother, CJ, was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for the Wolfpack men in 2012 and 2013.


"We would like to thank Kiara for her three years of hard work she put into our program and our success," coach Brenda Frese said in a release. "We wish her success as she heads home and closer to her family."

A top-60 recruit in the Class of 2014, Leslie played in 67 games over her first two seasons in College Park, starting seven. As a sophomore, she averaged 4.4 points and three rebounds per game while shooting 40.8 percent.


"In my time at Maryland, I experienced an array of things that I am thankful for," Leslie, a North Carolina native, said in the release. "I was fortunate to be a part of a winning culture where I experienced winning multiple championships, traveling abroad and going to the Final Four. Those are things that I will remember forever. I am thankful for the opportunity I received at Maryland and I am excited for my next chapter coming home."

With Leslie's departure, Maryland has lost six players since its surprising NCAA tournament loss in the Sweet 16. Senior stars Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough have graduated and moved on to the WNBA, and freshman point guard Destiny Slocum (Oregon State), freshman center Jenna Staiti (Georgia) and sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie (Florida State) previously announced that they were leaving the program.

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