|Hometown:||Holly Springs, N.C.|
|High School:||Holly Springs|
Frese on Leslie: “We’re really excited about what we’ve seen from Kiara early on. She has some terrific qualities and as she grows, she can really make an impact on the court for us. She’s a very powerful player. She missed her senior year of high school, so we’re working on getting her up to speed. I think she’ll get there, but we have to be patient.”
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 NCpreps.com 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: Kiara Leslie...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...criminal justice major...wants to play as long as she can then coach on the men's college side.
LESLIE'S CAREER HIGHS
|Points||16 vs. Mount St. Mary's (11/14/14)|
|Rebounds||10 vs. Wagner (11/16/14)|
|FGM||6 vs. Mount St. Mary's (11/14/14)|
|FGA||9 (2X) last at Coppin State (12/21/14)|
|3FGM||2 vs. Mount St. Mary's (11/14/14)|
|3FGA||5 vs. Mount St. Mary's (11/14/14)|
|FTM||4 at Penn State (2/5/15)|
|FTA||4 (2X) last at Penn State (2/5/15)|
|Assists||4 vs. Ohio State (3/8/15)|
|Blocks||2 vs. Loyola (11/24/14)|
|Steals||1 (7X) last vs.#16 Duke (3/28/15)|
|Minutes||24 (2X) last vs. Ohio State (3/8/15)|