Maryland Women's Basketball BIO
Kiara Leslie
Player Profile:
Kiara Leslie 1876085
Position: Guard
Height: 6'0"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Holly Springs, N.C.
High School: Holly Springs
Experience: 2 Letters


  • Academic All-Big Ten (2016)

Frese on Leslie: “Unfortunately, Kiara suffered a tough injury during the offseason and she's working hard towards full recovery. Our fans saw what she can do her first two seasons when she was healthy. She played a critical role her freshman season, helping us with the Big Ten Tournament and advancing to a Final Four.”

As a Sophomore (2015-16): Made first career start in season opener and added 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in 22 minutes (Nov. 14)...added 9 points with 7 boards and 4 assists and 2 steals vs. High Point (Nov. 18)...aded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in win over Detroit (Nov. 20)...grabbed 5 rebounds with 2 blocks and a steal vs. South Dakota State (Nov. 27)...added 6 points, 6 boards, an assist and a block vs. #20 Syracuse (Dec. 2)...added 11 points, 4 boards, 4 assists and 2 blocks off the bench vs. CCSU (Dec. 5)...scored 9 points with 4 rebounds and a steal off the bench vs. Loyola (Dec. 8)...went 8-11 from the field and 3-4 from outside the arc for a career-high 22 points with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal vs. UMES (Dec. 20)...pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds with 7 points, 2 blocks, an assist and a steal (Dec. 31)...went 2-4 from the field with 2 boards in game vs. #9 Ohio State (Jan. 2)...scored 8 points with 3 rebounds and an assist in win over Nebraska (Jan. 7)...added 2 key buckets and 2 rebounds in win at Michigan (Jan. 14)...grabbed a rebound and added an assist vs. #24 Northwestern (Jan. 17)...added 12 points, all in the second half, with 3 boards and 2 assists at Wisconsin (Jan. 20)...scored 9 points with 5 boards, 2 assists off the bench in win at Penn State (Jan. 27)...added 4 points with 4 boards in win over Indiana (Jan. 30)...grabbed 2 rebounds and had 2 assists at #7 Ohio State (Feb. 8)...added 2 buckets with 2 boards in win vs. Purdue (Feb. 11)...went 4-6 from the field for 10 points with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal vs. Michigan (Feb. 17)...Academic All-Big Ten Team.

As a Freshman (2014-15): Saw first career action vs. Mount St. Mary’s and added 16 points, 6 rebounds, a block and a steal (Nov. 14)...picked up first career double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, plus a block, a steal and an assist vs. Wagner (Nov. 16)...grabbed 5 rebounds at #1 Notre Dame (Dec. 3)...added 8 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes vs. Towson (Dec. 7)...scored 8 points with 4 rebounds and a steal off the bench vs. American (Dec. 12)...scored 13 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists in win at Coppin State (Dec. 21)...grabbed 2 rebounds with a bucket and an assist vs. Ohio State (Dec. 29)...added 4 points in 8 minutes off the bench at #16 Nebraska (Jan. 3)...added 5 points with 2 boards in seven minutes off the bench vs. Purdue (Jan. 8)...dished an assist at #22 Rutgers (Jan. 15)...went 4-5 from the field for 9 points with 2 rebounds vs. Michigan State (Jan. 22)...added a bucket and a free throw in win at Michigan (Jan. 29)...scored 7 points with 6 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in career-high 24 minutes in win over #20 Iowa (Feb. 1)...went 4-4 from the line with a rebound in win at Penn State (Feb. 5)...added 7 points, 4 boards and a steal in win over #19 Nebraska (Feb. 8)...pulled down 3 rebounds in win at Michigan State (Feb. 16)...grabbed 6 rebounds with 4 points and a block in 9 minutes vs. Penn State (Feb. 23)...pulled down 5 boards in win over Indiana (Feb. 26)...added clutch defensive play, 3 rebounds and a big bucket in Terps’ Big Ten Semifinals win over #24 Northwestern (March 7)...came up big for the Terps with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in win over Ohio State for Big Ten Tournament championship (March 8)...added 4 points with 3 rebounds and a block in NCAA Tournament debut vs. New Mexico State (March 21)...hit key jumper in first half to help Terps past #13 Princeton in NCAA Second Round (March 23)...added a bucket with 3 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in Sweet Sixteen win over #16 Duke (March 28)...played strong defense with 2 rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes in Elite Eight win over #6 Tennessee (March 30).

Before Maryland: Ranked No. 52 overall player, No. 8 guard and earned scouts grade of 96 by ESPN’s Hoop Gurlz……ranked No. 58 overall by All Star Girls Report…averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds as a junior...missed senior season due to a hip injury...named NCBA District 5 Player of the Year as a junior and NCBA Second Team All-State…named Tri-9 Player of the Year and to All-Conference Team as a sophomore and a junior…in 2012 and 2013, named to All-State team…hit the 1,000th career point mark as a junior on January 8, 2013... 2012 and 2013 High School OT Holiday Invitational All-Tournament Team…2013 Holly Springs High School Female Athlete of the Year…missed most of senior season to a hip injury.

Personal: Parents are Lisa and Calvin Leslie...has four brothers - Michael, Janmar, Kevin and CJ...older brother, C.J. Leslie, played at NC State and now plays in Korea...came to Maryland for the family atmosphere...criminology and criminal justice major...wants to play as long as she can then coach on the men’s college side.


Points 22 at UMES (12/20/15)
Rebounds 13 at Illinois (12/31/15)
FGM 8 at UMES (12/20/15)
FGA 12 vs. UMass-Lowell (11/14/15)
3FGM 3 at UMES (12/20/15)
3FGA 5 (2X) last vs. UMass-Lowell (11/14/15)
FTM 4 (2X) last vs. Loyola (12/8/15)
FTA 4 (5X) last vs. Nebraska (1/7/16)
Assists 4 (3X) last vs. CCSU (12/5/15)
Blocks 2 (5X) last vs. Michigan (2/17/16)
Steals 5 vs. UMass-Lowell (11/14/15)
Minutes 25 at Illinois (12/31/15)


  2015-16  Season Career
Double-Figure Scoring 5 7
Double-Doubles   1
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