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Tenishia Benson Named First Team All-MAC

Ohio's Tenishia Benson

March 6, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Tenishia Benson has been named to the Mid-American Conference's Women's Basketball First Team, the league office announced on Tuesday. The senior was named to the Preseason All-MAC Team at the beginning of the 2011-12 season and has lived up to that honor, having a tremendous senior campaign for Ohio.

Benson's First Team All-MAC honor is the first time that the Bobcats have placed a student-athlete on the First Team since Lauren Kohn received similar honors at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Averaging 14.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, Benson leads the Bobcats in both categories. Her statistical averages stack up well within the MAC, as she ranks in the top ten in: points per game (4th), field-goal percentage (10th), rebounding (7th), free-throw percentage (5th), steals (6th) and offensive rebounds (6th).

An incredibly consistent player for the Bobcats, Benson has scored in double figures in 24 of the 27 games she has played this season. At one point she scored in double figures for 12 straight games, something which hadn't been done for 109 games (four seasons). Her free-throw percentage of 81.4 is second on the team and during a stretch of the season from late December to early January she made 29 consecutive free throws.

Joining Benson (Akron, Ohio) on the First Team are Alexis Rogers (Bowling Green), Brittany Hedderson (Buffalo), Tavelyn James (Eastern Michigan) and Courtney Osborn (Miami). For a full list of Mid-American Conference award winners, please see below:

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

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

Benson and the Bobcats will take on Central Michigan in the second round of the 2012 MAC Tournament at Noon on Wednesday. The game will be played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.