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Senior starting forward Liles no longer on Maryland team

The Baltimore Sun has reported that Senior forward Dee Liles has been

Dee Liles

Dee Liles

dismissed from the Maryland women’s basketball team because of academic reasons, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject. She will remain at school on scholarship through the end of the fall semester on the condition that she attends classes, the source said.

The athletic department released a statement saying that Liles is no longer with the program.

“We enjoyed having Dee as part of the Maryland basketball program,” Coach Brenda Frese said in the release. “We wish her all the best in the future.”

Liles is the third player to leave the program this off-season; guard Marah Strickland and reserve forward Drey Mingo transferred to South Carolina and Purdue, respectively.

With the loss of Liles and Strickland, and the graduation of Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman, Maryland has just one returning starter: sophomore center Lynetta Kizer, an All-Met from Potomac (Va.) who was named ACC freshman of the year. Kizer is the only player left who averaged more than six points a game last season.

Sophomores Anjale Barrett, Kim Rodgers and Yemi Oyefuwa are the only other players on the roster who played for the Terrapins last season. Maryland also has five freshmen and a senior transfer from Illinois on its roster.  How things have changed in College Park since cutting down the nets in 2006.

Liles, who started 35 games, averaged 10.6 points and led the Terrapins (31-5) in rebounding (9), blocked shots (1.7) and field goal percentage (52.1). When she joined the team, Frese described her as “by far the most athletic forward we’ve ever had.”

Liles was a force on the offensive glass.  A void that Kizer and others will need to fill.  This team will look drastically different than previous Maryland teams.  There will be plenty of playing time and opportunity for everyone.

She was an All-Met at Riverdale Baptist in 2006 and committed to the Terrapins in high school but did not qualify academically. Liles then spent two seasons as Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College and was named the national junior college player of the year before transferring to Maryland.

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