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Tenishia Benson Earns Academic All-MAC Honors

Ohio's Tenishia Benson

April 16, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Tenishia Benson has been named to the 2012 Academic All-MAC Team, the league office announced on Monday. Benson is joined on the squad by 11 student-athletes from eight other Mid-American Conference schools.

Alesia Howard (Columbus, Ohio) and Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) received recognition from the conference office for their strong academic and athletic accomplishments as well, earning Honorable Mention honors. Each of these Bobcats is being recognized for the second time in their careers, as Howard and Lyles both earned Honorable Mention honors during the 2010-11 season.

Benson (Akron, Ohio) earned the honor for the first time in her career and is the first Bobcat to make the team since the 2009-10 season. In addition to earning First Team All-MAC honors and thrice being named the MAC East Player of the Week, Benson was also named a MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week on Dec. 15.

See below for the 2011-12 achievements of Benson, Howard and Lyles and the entire 2012 Academic All-MAC Team.

Tenishia Benson
Scored 14.5 points and collected 7.2 rebounds per game, leading Ohio in both categories ... Scored in double figures during 25 of the 28 games she played throughout the season ... Scored 407 points on the season to end her impressive career with 1,086 ... Collected 202 rebounds, ending her career with 583 ... At one point during the season scored at least ten points in 12 straight games ... Registered three double-doubles on the season ... Ended the season ranked in the MAC's top ten in the following categories: scoring (4th), rebounding (7th), FG percent (10th), FT percent (6th) and steals (7th). 

Alesia Howard
Scored 6.3 points and collected 3.8 rebounds per game ... Was a vital presence at the forward position for Ohio due to multiple injuries sustained by Bobcat teammates throughout the season ...  Scored 10 points or more in four games during the season ... Collected a season-high five offensive rebounds at Buffalo on Feb. 25 ... Tied for second on the team in blocks with 11 ... Scored a season-high 14 points against Belmont on Nov. 23 and tied this mark vs. Syracuse on Dec. 20 ... Connected on a season-high five field goals against San Francisco on Dec. 11 and tied this mark vs. Buffalo on Jan. 4.

Symone Lyles
Was one of only four Bobcats who played all 32 games of the season ... Started 13 times ... Scored 120 points during the season, averaging 3.8 per game ... Shot the best FG percentage of her career, connecting on 43 of her 118 attempts to shoot 36.4 percent ... Was Ohio's second most accurate three-point threat, shooting 11-of-35 (31.4 percent) from distance ... Tied a career high with nine rebounds in a Jan. 19 win over Akron ... Collected five or more rebounds on seven occasions ... Scored a season-high 11 points in a Jan. 28 win at Western Michigan on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.

2012 Academic All-MAC Team
Sina King, Akron
Taylor Ruper, Akron
Jessica Slagle, Bowling Green
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green
Teresa Semalulu, Buffalo
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan
Trisha Krewson, Kent State
Courtney Osborn, Miami
Tenishia Benson, Ohio
Courtney Ingersoll, Toledo
Haylie Linn, Toledo
Maria Iaquaniello, Western Michigan

2012 Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention
Kacie Cassell, Akron
Hanna Luburgh, Akron
Natasha Williams, Akron
Carly Young, Akron
Jillian Halfhill, Bowling Green
Danielle Havel, Bowling Green
Jill Stein, Bowling Green
Noelle Yoder, Bowling Green
Amber Crago, Ball State
Megan Craft, Ball State
Beth Christensen, Buffalo
Nicki Hopkins, Buffalo
Niki DiGuilio, Central Michigan
Rachael Hencke, Miami
Hannah Robertson, Miami
Tenishia Benson, Ohio
Alesia Howard, Ohio
Symone Lyles, Ohio

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.