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Maryland's Shakira Austin has decided to transfer

By World Exposure News Services, 03/21/20, 9:15AM CDT


Shakira Austin has decided to depart College Park after two seasons with the Terrapins’ women’s hoops program.

Maryland went 57–9 in Austin’s brief run, including 28–5 this past season.

The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 2019–20 while collecting 57 steals and 41 blocked shots.

She was named second-team all-Big Ten and the Terrapins captured conference regular season and tournament titles.

Austin concludes her career at Maryland with 542 rebounds, 98 steals and 130 blocks.

Her father, David Austin, said on Friday he didn’t see the transfer decision coming.

“I think Kira is just looking to expand her game,” David Austin said. “I just think what Coach [Brenda Frese] was trying to do with her, they just weren’t on the same page. Even though there was a lot of success for the program, sometimes those young talented players want more. I guess a change of scenery gives them a chance to get that done. It’s nothing bad to say about Coach Frese. They just didn’t see eye-to-eye on a couple of things that Kira felt more comfortable doing on the court.”

She’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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