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WBB Profiles in Terpage - A Countdown to the Women's Basketball Season: Katie Rutan

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Our countdown continues with a sharpshooting redshirt senior

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Katie Rutan, Redshirt Senior, Guard, #40

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Stats:

Height: 5'8"

Twitter: @KatieRutan40

Collegiate Stats: 9.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.24 apg

High School: Springside

Hometown: Ambler, PA

Q&A While She Was at Xavier:

How'd She Get to College Park

A top-100 player in high school, Katie spent her first two seasons of college as a member of a very good Xavier Musketeers team before transferring to Maryland. She cited wanting to be closer to her home in PA as her biggest reason for leaving Cincinnati in favor of College Park. She averaged 8.8 ppg in her two years at Xavier, and was considered their best pure shooter. In her freshman year, Xavier went to the Elite Eight. Upon transferring, she sat out the 2011-12 season as per NCAA rules.

Career Highlight:

Scored 25 points as a freshman versus St. Louis on Jan. 20, 2010. Has hit seven threes in a game twice, both also while at Xavier. Career highlight as a Terrapin would be a 24-point -- including six threes -- effort in a one-point loss to Florida State last season.

Dream Season:

The Terps increased depth and offensive options open up more space for her both from inside and outside the perimeter, allowing Katie to cement herself as one of the top three-point shooters in the country and one of Maryland's top offensive weapons.

2013 Prospectus:

Katie is Maryland's second-highest returning scorer and is the team's best three-point shooter. Last season her sharpshooting was heavily relied on with Laurin Mincy out with an ACL tear and with freshman Tierney Pfirman struggling from behind the arc. Katie attempted almost 100 more threes than anyone else, but she should receive more help this season with Mincy healthy and freshman Lexi Brown on board, as well of a host of other players who can shoot from deep. Still, after starting 20 games last season Katie will likely be a starter again to start the year, and will be counted on as a consistent threat from the perimeter. An energetic player, she brings a lot of experience to the table and has both played in an Elite Eight and watched the Terps make the Elite Eight in the season she sat out.