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Maryland women’s basketball guard Lexie Brown announced her plans Tuesday to transfer from the University of Maryland to a school closer to her home.
Originally from Suwanee, Georgia, Brown scored 13.3 points per game this season for the Terrapins, second only to Laurin Mincy (who was drafted into the WNBA in April). Brown led the team in assists (163), steals (80), and what might shape up to be the biggest blow for Head Coach Brenda Frese, minutes (1143) this season.
The guard shot a solid 83 percent from the free throw line in 36 starts, earned the honor of Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, and was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team and All-Big Ten Defensive Team this year.
Brown’s decision as a high schooler to attend Maryland was so exclusive that in her ESPN bio, there are no teams listed under the “Also Considered” tab. She cited Frese and the coaching staff as playing an influential role in her commitment decision, and thanked them specifically in a statement she made regarding the transfer.
“I want to thank Coach Frese, the staff and my teammates for two great seasons at the University of Maryland,” she said. “After talking with my family, I thought it was in my best interest to continue my education and pursue playing basketball at a university closer to my home. I truly enjoyed the friendships that I made and the outstanding support of the great Terp fans during my time in College Park.”
The guard slot for the Terps will not necessarily be hard to fill; Brene Moseley, Chloe Pavlech, and Kristen Confroy all have experience with the position. Brown’s noteworthy defense might be a little harder to replace, however. She had seven steals in a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament in March, and was able to stay out of serious foul trouble throughout the course of the season.
Brown leaves the Terps after a season boasting a Big Ten title and a trip to the Final Four. It cannot be determined what kind of an effect (if any) the exit of a headliner name will have on the program’s recruiting plans, but the Terps will certainly have to fill the roles that Brown leaves vacant; and based on the 2014-2015 season, there are a lot of them.