Women's Basketball: Benson Named First-Team All-MAC

By
Kaylee Donegan

Dateline
Updated Wed, Mar 7, 2012 1:14 am
Photo Credit: 
Meg Vogel
Ohio forward Tenishia Benson drives to the rim in the Bobcats' 20-point loss to Miami on January 15.

The Ohio women’s basketball team’s senior leader, Tenishia Benson, has been named to the Mid American Conference Women’s basketball’s first team. Benson’s award is the first for the program since 2007-08 when Lauren Kohn received the honors.

Benson does it all for the Cats and has scored in double figures in 24 of the 27 games she has played in this season. She is averaging 14.6 points per game on the year and a little over seven rebounds a game. Benson is also averaging 81.4 percent from the free throw line. Her stats rank in the top ten in the MAC in points per game (4th), field goal percentage (10th), rebounding (7th), free throw percentage (5th), steals (6th) and offensive rebounds (6th).

The red-shirt senior has had an impressive career. She recently hit the 1000- career point mark in the Bobcats close lost to Akron earlier in the season. Benson led the team with 14 points and 14 rebounds in its first round win of the MAC tournament against Kent State. Ohio earned itself a trip to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland with the win and will face Central Michigan on Wednesday March 7th at 12 p.m.

Other top players from the league joining Benson on the team are: Alexis Rogers (Bowling Green), Brittany Hedderson (Buffalo), Tavelyn James (Eastern Michigan) and Courtney Osborn (Miami).


First Team All MAC:


Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Forward 


Brittany Hedderson, Buffalo, Guard 


Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan, Guard 


Courtney Osborn, Miami, Guard 


Tenishia Benson, Ohio, Guard

Second Team All MAC:

Sina King, Akron, Forward 


Jessica Slagle, Bowling Green, Point Guard 


Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green, Guard


Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard 


Yolanda Richardson, Toledo Center

Third Team All-MAC:


Paige Redditt, Eastern Michigan, Guard 


Natachia Watkines, Eastern Michigan, Guard 


Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward 


Maggie Boyer, Miami, Guard 


Courtney Ingersoll, Toledo, Guard

Honorable Mention:

Taylor Ruper, Akron, Guard


Taylor Johnson, Central Michigan, Forward 


Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard/Forward 


Diamon Beckford, Kent State, Forward 


Maria Iaquaniello, Western Michigan, Guard

All-Freshman Team:


Jasmine Matthews, Bowling Green, Guard 


Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard/Forward


Jessica Green, Central Michigan, Guard 


Jasmine Bracey, Central Michigan, Center


Claire Jakubicek, Northern Illinois, Forward

Defensive Player of the Year: Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard 


Sixth Player of the Year: Jalisa Olive, Central Michigan, Guard 


Freshman of the Year: Claire Jakubicek, Northern Illinois, Forward 


Player of the Year: Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan, Guard 


Coach of the Year: Curt Miller, Bowling Green

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