Starting forward Diandra Tchatchouang and reserve guard Dara Taylor, both sophomores, will not be back with the Maryland women’s basketball team next season, Coach Brenda Frese confirmed in a telephone interview today.
Tchatchouang was among the Terrapins’ most versatile players, but she tore her ACL in Maryland’s 79-57 loss to Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Comcast Center. She is going back to her native France to rehabilitate, but it’s unclear what her immediate plans are as she recovers.
Tchatchouang averaged 24.7 minutes per game last season, the third most on the team, and started all 32 games. She was third with 8.7 points and fifth in rebouding at five per game.
Tchatchouang’s most memorable moment came when she made a driving layup with 6.1 seconds to play in overtime to beat Virginia, 77-75, on Jan. 21. She also made a three-pointer with 13.8 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Tchatchouang most likely was facing a medical redshirt season, in part facilitating her decision to go back home to stay. The Terrapins have plenty of depth in the front court with ACC rookie of the year Alyssa Thomas, who plays forward and guard, starting center Lynetta Kizer and top interior reserves Alicia DeVaughn and Tianna Hawkins.
“For her it just kind of made the most sense,” Frese said.
Taylor, meantime, is transferring to Penn State after her playing time diminished behind starting point guard Anjale Barrett and the emergence of freshmen Laurin Mincy and Natasha Cloud, both part of a highly touted recruting class last season.
Maryland also is adding Brene Moseley, an All-Met last year from Paint Branch who missed this past high school season after tearing her ACL in the spring.
“We’ve got a talanted pool to be able to draw from,” Frese said. “We actually have a lot of depth at both positions.”