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Maryland women’s basketball’s Olivia Owens announces she’s entered the transfer portal

The 6’4 center saw limited time her freshman year and redshirted this past season.

Courtesy of Maryland athletics.

Maryland women’s basketball rising redshirt sophomore Olivia Owens announced her intention to transfer away from the program Wednesday night.

“As our season has come to an end, I’d like to thank the coaches of the University Of Maryland for the many opportunities given over the past few years,” Owens said in an Instagram post. “I’d also like to thank the many friends who have turned into family and the constant support I’ve received from our Terp fans. Lastly, I want to give a big thank you to my teammates, who I will forever call my sisters, for all the wonderful memories and moments we experienced together. A part of my heart will always be with my Terp family. That being said, I am announcing my departure from the University of Maryland. I have entered the transfer portal and I am reopening my recruitment process and looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

Though she has entered the portal, Owens could potentially return if there were to not be a suitor during the recruitment process.

Owens elected to redshirt during the 2019-20 season after a case of Mononucleosis took a chunk out of what would have been her sophomore season. With Shakira Austin and Stephanie Jones able to handle things inside for the Terps, it did not make much sense to burn a full season after sitting out for the first few months.

The 6’4 center played in just 16 games as a freshman, but averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds and was in line for a larger role next season due to the graduation of Jones.

Redshirt sophomore Mimi Collins will likely join sophomore Faith Masonius as pieces of the inside rotation next season, which will likely feature Austin and incoming freshman Angel Reese — the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class.

With just eight players from the 2019-20 season returning and Reese as the only signed 2020 prospect, look for head coach Brenda Frese and her staff to hit the transfer market hard to replenish playmakers ahead of next season.