The University of Maryland yesterday released senior guard Carla Holmes from the women's basketball team.
No specific reason was given for the action, which came one month and five days after Holmes was placed on indefinite suspension for an undisclosed reason.
"The decision was mutually agreed upon by Maryland head coach Chris Weller and Miss Holmes to allow her to tend to her priorities," said a statement released by the Maryland sports information department.
Holmes could not be reached for comment, and Weller, in a statement released by sports information, declined to comment.
Holmes will remain on scholarship at least until the end of this year. Should she fail to graduate this year, then the question will be whether to honor the scholarship for a fifth year.
Holmes's final two years in the program were a bit tumultuous, as she had been suspended twice and seen her role diminish on the court.
Prior to her suspension this season, Holmes was averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in just under 20 minutes a game.
Despite her good range, she seemed tentative to shoot this season and was often pulled from games after making a single mistake. On Dec. 12, Weller suspended her from the team indefinitely.
In her first two seasons at Maryland, Holmes appeared destined to become one of the program's finest players. She was the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year in 1987-88 after averaging 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds.
As a sophomore, she started for the Terrapins' Final Four team, averaging 13.5 points and 4.9 assists and scoring 28 points in the West Regional championship game against Texas.
But, from that point on, her career reversed track. She started just 10 of 30 games last season, finishing second on the team in scoring and becoming the fifth junior in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.
But, during November of 1989, class absences resulted in her first suspension, which lasted less than a week.