Lynetta Kizer suspended from women’s basketball team

Starting center Lynetta Kizer has been suspended indefinitely from the women’s basketball team for violating team rules, Coach Brenda Frese and the school announced in a statement released on Tuesday night shortly before the Terrapins were to play an exhibition game at Comcast Center.

Kizer was on the bench with the team but not in uniform for Maryland’s 82-36 victory over Messiah, the first of two preseason games before the regular season begins on Nov. 11.

The senior was a second-team all-ACC selection last season after finishing second on Maryalnd in scoring and first in rebounding. Kizer played high school basketball at Potomac (Va.), where she was named first-team All-Met as a senior, and was voted ACC rookie of the year in 2009.

Kizer started all 32 games last season for the Terrapins, who lost to Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA touranment at Comcast Center. This summer, Kizer played on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Maryland is ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press preseason poll and was picked to finish third in the ACC. The Terrapins finished fourth in the conference last season and went 24-8 overall.

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.

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