The Washington Times - April 13, 2009, 02:54PM

Word came today that guard Marah Strickland is transferring out of Maryland’s women’s basketball program. This comes less than a week after Drey Mingo made the same decision.

This means Maryland will bring back five of its players who saw the court last year —- including only two starters, its fewest since 2002-03, which happened to be Brenda Frese‘s first season in College Park.


Obviously, Maryland was headed for at least lower expectations (and, in all probablility, some sort of decline) with Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver exhausting their eligibility. Just those two losses make it difficult to envision another Elite Eight team just yet, regardless of whatever recruiting wizardry Frese has pulled off.

But what’s interesting is just how much —- or how little, depending on your viewpoint —- the Terps have coming back next year.

Maryland will return 36.4 percent of its scoring, 52.5 percent of its rebounding (“team rebounds” excluded), 28.4 percent of its assists and 41.4 percent of its minutes next season.

That’s a lot of missing, which means it’ll be intriguing to see just what Frese does to ensure there isn’t too pronounced a dip when she works with a revamped roster when November rolls around.

—- Patrick Stevens