Benz, DuRocher Earn Pac-10 Honorable Mention Honors

March 2, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State's Kate Benz earned All-Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Honorable Mention honors while Amanda DuRocher garnered All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention recognition, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday.

Benz, a three-time All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honoree, earned the conference rebounding title for the second consecutive year averaging 9.2 rebounds a game. The 2005-06 co-captain tallied seven double-doubles this season including a 12-point, 21-rebound performance against Idaho State Jan. 26.

The Portland, Ore., native was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 13-19) marking the first time a Cougar had received the award since 1997 and was the 10th all-time selection for WSU.

'Any of the honorable mention selections could have easily been All-Pac-10,' said Head Women's Basketball Coach Sherri Murrell. 'What a great class for Kate to be included with.'

DuRocher stared 17 games for Washington State averaging 8.2 points per game in her first season. DuRocher knocked down 48 treys this year, placing her ninth in the WSU record books for single-season 3-point field goals made and ranking her seventh in the conference in 3-point goals made (1.85/game).

'Amanda made an immediate impact,' Murrell continued. 'She's had to endure a lot of pain this season and it's great to see her get this recognition for her play.'

The Cougars open the fifth annual Pac-10 Conference Tournament Friday (March 3) at 6 p.m. as they face Oregon State at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

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