New Texas coach Vic Schaefer opened the season with a 90-51 home win over SMU. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman file photo)

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Harvard sharpshooter Katie Benzan to conclude college career at Maryland instead of Texas

Posted April 15th, 2020


When she shoots her next 3-pointer, Katie Benzan will be a Terrapin instead of a Longhorn.

Maryland announced on Wednesday that it had added Benzan to its 2020 recruiting class. A 5-6 guard from Harvard, Benzan originally signed with Texas this past November. Benzan sat out the 2019-20 season but remained a student at Harvard and was set to arrive in Austin as a graduate transfer.

Benzan’s 287 3-pointers are all-time records for both Harvard and the Ivy League. She was also a three-time all-conference honoree who led Harvard in assists as a freshman, sophomore and junior.


During the 2019-20 season, Texas ranked 252nd nationally in made 3-pointers (150). Additionally, the Longhorns were 233rd in shooting percentage from behind the arch (29.9%). Freshman Celeste Taylor led UT with her 31 3-pointers.

Benzan, who would have been the only senior on UT’s roster next season, signed with Texas when Karen Aston was the program’s head coach. Aston was replaced by former Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer earlier this month.

Schaefer inherited seven returning players and five incoming recruits from Aston. Thus far, Benzan has been the only defector. Since Schaefer’s hire, Taylor and sophomores Charli Collier, Joanne Allen-Taylor and Karisma Ortiz have all publicly stated that they plan on returning to Texas. Elyssa Coleman, a 6-3 signee from Humble Atascocita, recently told VYPE Houston that “Of course, I’m staying.”

On Monday, former Penn State forward Lauren Ebo revealed that she will transfer to Texas. Ebo averaged 5.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game during her sophomore year.

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