Maryland sophomore women's basketball guard Taylor Mikesell enters transfer portal

Days after adding a high-profile transfer, Maryland women's basketball lost a starter for the second time this offseason when sophomore Taylor Mikesell entered her name in the transfer portal.

The 5-foot-11 guard announced the decision in an Instagram post on Friday.

"First of all, I would like to say thank you to the University of Maryland for allowing me to fulfill my dream of playing D1 basketball," Mikesell wrote. "But, after much thought, prayer and consideration, I feel it is in my best interest to enter the transfer portal and explore other options at this time."

A first-team All-Big Ten selection and the league's Freshman of the Year in the 2018-19 season, Mikesell earned all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore this past season after starting all 32 games and leading the Terps in both minutes played and 3-pointers.

She ranked 12th nationally in Division I with 90 3-pointers, and her 42.5% accuracy from that distance ranked 24th.

Overall, Mikesell averaged 11.2 points, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 2019-20.

She was ranked No. 33 in her recruiting class by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Of the top 34 players in those rankings, 13 have entered the transfer portal within their first two years.

Maryland earlier saw all-conference forward Shakira Austin enter her name in the transfer portal and eventually commit to Mississippi. Fellow sophomore Olivia Owens also has entered the transfer portal. The Terrapins this week added former Mississippi State starter Chloe Bibby, along with three-time all-Ivy League guard Katie Benzan.

Maryland shared the Big Ten regular-season title with Northwestern this past season -- the fifth time in the past six seasons that the Terrapins earned at least a share of the title.