News on women’s basketball transfers from NCAA D-I schools.
Four more UTSA players have placed their names into the transfer portal, per a source. They include Marie Benson (6-1 JR forward, Waco, TX), the team’s leading scorer (15.2 PPG) and rebounder (10.7/game) in 2018-19. She was named to the All–Conference USA Second Team. Ryann Stearns (5-9 FR guard, Andover, KS), the team’s fourth-leading scorer (7 PPG) is another. See the transfer list for the other two.
Former BYU player Ashley Beckstrand (5-7 RS FR point guard, St. George, UT) is returning to her hometown, signing with Dixie State, a D-II school that will begin transitioning to D-I during the 2020-21 season as a member of the WAC.
“We could not be more excited about Ashley’s decision to return home and continue her basketball experience with us,” Gustin said. “She is a talented young lady that is passionate, motivated, and tough. We look forward to seeing her in a Trailblazer uniform.”
Utah freshman Dre’una Edwards (6-2 forward, Las Vegas, NV) is a new name in the transfer portal today, per a source. She averaged 11.6 PPG and 6.7 RPG in 2018-19 and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She suffered a knee injury in late February and missed the remainder of the season.
Zuzanna Puc (6-3 JR forward, Poznan, Poland) is transferring from UTEP, with one year of eligibility. She was the team’s leading scorer (12 PPG) and rebounder (6.7/game) in the 2018-19 season.
The team’s leading scorer and rebounder, Puc was credited for helping the Miners win four of their last seven regular season games when she convinced the coaching staff to move her to a guard spot on offense.
Her production increased and UTEP finished strong heading into the C-USA Tournament in Frisco. Unfortunately, Puc did not play well in either tournament game, and the Miners were eliminated by Middle Tennessee in the quarterfinals.
Puc will sit out next season and will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Texas sophomore Destiny Littleton (5-9 guard, La Jolla, CA) has put her name into the transfer portal, according to this tweet. She started 12 games in 2018-19, averaging 8.4 PPG in 24.2 MPG (bio). Out of high school, she was a McDonald’s All-American and ranked #33 in the 2017 class by espnW.
If Littleton does indeed transfer, then all three members of the Longhorns’ highly ranked 2017 recruiting class will have transferred out. Rellah Boothe and Chasity Patterson previously left Texas.
Former Omaha player Kylee Coulter (5-9 RS FR shooting guard, Fayetteville, AR) has announced that she’s transferring to Harding (D-II).
Taylor Hosendove (6-1 FR wing, Atlanta, GA) has announced that she’s transferring from Clemson. She played in 32 games in 2018-19, all off the bench, averaging 4.4 PPG and 3.1 RPG in 15.6 MPG.
Tyra Whitehead (6-3 JR forward, Richmond, VA) is grad-transferring from Wake Forest to San José State.
Madi Washington (5-9 SO point guard, Red Oak, TX) has announced that she’s transferring from New Mexico. She played in 27 games during the 2018-19 season, all off the bench, averaging 3 PPG in 13.2 MPG (bio).
An article on her decision to transfer quotes UNM head coach Mike Bradbury as saying, “Madi wants to go home and that’s what’s best for her.”
“Madi wants to go home and that’s what’s best for her,” Bradbury said. “We love Madi to death. She’s a great kid and she’s been a really good player for us. This was her decision, and I wish her nothing but the best.”