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MM 6.29: Former Terp Kristi Toliver to sit out 2020 WNBA season

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Former Maryland women’s basketball star Kristi Toliver will be sitting out the upcoming season with the Los Angeles Sparks, the team announced this past weekend.

“Though I want very much to compete with my team, to be a leader and show up for them, I am not comfortable with the risk to my physical health — short term and long term — given the many unknowns of COVID-19 and the risk of injury,” Toliver said in a statement. “For me, the right decision under the circumstances is to opt out for the year.”

The WNBA is set to begin its season July 24 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida in an enclosed bubble as the sports world continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toliver, who was drafted third overall out of Maryland in 2009, averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game for the Washington Mystics on their championship run last season. She left the team to sign a three-year contract with the Sparks in free agency, but now will wait another season before playing for her new team.

In other news

Maryland athletics announced that no student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

Maryland football is underway with voluntary workouts for players.

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Former Terp Alex Len tested positive for COVID-19, but still aims to join the Sacramento Kings in Orlando.