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MM 9.29: Maryland women’s basketball signs grad transfer Alaysia Styles

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Maryland women’s basketball added an extra piece to its roster Monday, with Alaysia “Birdy” Styles committing as a grad transfer out of California.

The 6’3 forward, averaged 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Golden Bears last season, starting 30 of 31 games. She was a part of two NCAA Tournament teams over her three years at Cal, posting career highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds throughout her time at the program.

“She is a versatile player that runs the floor hard and can rebound and score from so many areas,” head coach Brenda Frese said in a statement. “On top of that, she comes from a conference where she has gained a tremendous amount of experience in Pac-12 play. It has been a long awaited time and we can’t wait for her to get here.”

Styles will be the fifth player in Maryland’s recruiting class that also includes transfers Chloe Bibby and Katie Benzan as well as freshmen Angel Reese, the No. 2 player in the 2020 class, and Taisiya Kozlova.

“I am forever in debt to Coach Frese in her everlasting support of me as a player and human being,” Styles said. “The decision to finish my collegiate career in College Park is like nothing I’d ever imagined.”

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