The Maryland Women's Basketball took a serious blow on Tuesday morning as the program announced three players would be transfering out of the school: freshman guard Destiny Slocum, freshman center Jenna Staiti and sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie.
Slocum's departure represents a big loss for the Terps. Not only was she the starting point guard in one of the country's top offense's this season, but also she was named the National Freshman of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association just this weekend.
"I’m grateful for my time at Maryland and the opportunity,” Slocum said in the official statement. “I want to thank my teammates and coaches and all the fans for their support this season. I’ve put a lot of thought and prayer into this decision. I've talked with my family and Coach [Brenda Frese] a great deal and have decided to continue my college career elsewhere.”
Slocum was Frese's top recruit in the offseason and the pair appeared together in Dallas on Saturday as Slocum accepted the WBCA National Freshman of the Year Award.
In her first and only season at Maryland, the Slocum averaged 11.5 points and 6.0 assists per game, earning her Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
But despite her successes, the No. 3 Terps made a disappointing exit from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16, losing to No. 10 Oregon.
Frese thanked the three transferring players for their contributions.
“We would like to thank these three student-athletes for their hard work during their careers at Maryland,” Frese said.
“It is always difficult to see young people leave your program, but after many years in coaching and life experiences, I have a much broader perspective on life and the challenges that come along the way. We’re excited about the great depth and talent on our roster. We will continue to play at the Maryland standard we’ve set for our program.”