Coming out of Towson Catholic High School in 2007, guard Marah Strickland was one of the most coveted basketball players in the nation.

The McDonald’s All-American and Gatorade state Player of the Year, chose to stay close to home and spent two seasons with the University of Maryland.  As a Terp, she played in 70 games and ranked in the program’s top 10 in three pointers made and attempted.

But she left coach Brenda Frese and the Terps last season to play for former Temple and Team USA star Dawn Staley at South Carolina.  Also on that coaching staff is former WNBA player and Olympian Nikki McCray.

Strickland had to sit out last year due to NCAA transfer rules and will resume for college basketball career as a junior tonight when the Gamecocks face Xavier in the season opener.

Strickland was named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team.