Maryland women’s basketball made a late addition to its 2020 class, signing guard Taisiya “Tai” Kozlova on Monday.
Kozlova, a native of Moscow, Russia, averaged 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game at Elevation Prep Academy in Florida, where she led the team in minutes played and points per game while starting every game.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tai into our Maryland family,” head coach Brenda Frese said in a statement. ”She fits us perfectly and will be eligible immediately. She is a dynamic guard with tremendous length that can really shoot the ball and defend. She has an extremely high motor and is so unselfish. All she wants to do is win. We can’t wait for Tai to join our team and program and continue to help us compete for championships.”
Standing at 6’1, Kozlova will be another key addition to the defensive side of the ball for the Terps, where her length can shine in the new-look press.
“I chose Maryland because of the genuine coaching staff and I feel that I can grow there as a player and as an individual,” Kozlova said.
Frese and her staff add Kozlova to an offseason overall that includes transfer Chloe Bibby, graduate transfer Katie Benzan and 2020 forward Angel Reese, the No. 2 player in her class.
Let’s welcome Taisiya Kozlova to the #TerpFamily! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pxN9XHhAsm— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) May 18, 2020
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Former #Terps Defensive Adam McLean (@GodsGift_42) has told ITLR that he will be transferring to Bowie State to finish off his final season. McLean, a former four-star recruit, started in all 11 games for Maryland during the 2018 season.— InsideTheLockerRoom (@ITLR_DMV) May 18, 2020
No matter the pressure I stand on both feet....— Bryce Brand (@TWO7__) May 18, 2020
Thankful 100% committed. pic.twitter.com/n1jE8iiD1y
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Big time size ✅— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) May 18, 2020
Breakaway speed ✅
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D’Qwell Jackson shared thoughts on his career at Maryland.
"It was the best decision I could have made."— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) May 18, 2020
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Happy Graduation Week, Sara!— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) May 19, 2020
We are so incredibly proud of everything you accomplished. We are so lucky to have you in our #TerpFamily! ❤️ #Classof2020 // @sara_vujacic pic.twitter.com/p0zO2NojST
Maryland men’s lacrosse star Jared Bernhardt also opened up about his plans to transfer, in which he will play football at Division II power Ferris State.
In a conversation with the NCAA, @TerpsMLax’s Jared Bernhardt says he’s “planning on” playing football at Division II powerhouse @FerrisFootball out in Michigan.— Chris Jastrzembski (@Chris_Jast) May 18, 2020
The Bulldogs went 12-1 last season and lost in the D2 semis after appearing in the national title game in 2018. pic.twitter.com/3PQAfVyKQ9
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Who Is Bubba?— Paul Carcaterra (@paulcarcaterra) May 18, 2020
ESPN Lacrosse...4 Quarters With Carc. Quarter #1 With @TerpsMLax Midfielder Bubba Fairman! pic.twitter.com/1UVlz1C7Zq
Maryland baseball took a trip back in time to last season.
#OTD one year ago...— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) May 18, 2020
Booked that trip to Omaha! Finished the regular season with a sweep of Iowa to clinch a spot in the @B1Gbaseball tournament!#DirtyTerps pic.twitter.com/KdnpbNMZMo
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