Benz repeats as Pac-10 All-Academic First Team Selection

March 28, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Juniors Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson earned women's basketball 2006 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday. Three Cougars also earned Honorable Mention recognition.

Benz was selected First Team All-Academic for the second consecutive year. The Portland, Ore., leads the Pac-10 in GPA with a 3.86 grade-point, majoring in Communication and History.

Earlier this month, Benz was named to the All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention team and highlighted her season by earning a Pac-10 Player of the Week award on Feb. 20. The Player of the Week honor was Benz's first, and the 10th all-time selection for WSU.

Benz led the team in rebounding and was second in scoring, finishing her 2005-06 campaign with a 9.9 point and 9.1 rebound average, which earned her a second consecutive Pac-10 rebounding title.

Ferguson, a junior and team co-captain with Benz, received Second Team honors, improving on her Honorable Mention selection in 2005. Ferguson, a Mead High School (Spokane) graduate, has a 3.54 GPA in Asian Studies.

Ferguson started the season with a team-best 12 points and nine rebounds in the team's 53-43 win over St. Mary's, and finished her junior campaign averaging 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds a game. She is currently seventh all-time on the WSU career free-throw percentage list, shooting 75 percent.

Three Cougars were named All-Academic Honorable Mention, with sophomores Brynn Bemis (Political Science, 3.54 GPA) and Dani Montgomery (Undeclared major, 3.42 GPA) and redshirt sophomore Nikki Stratton (Undeclared major, 3.35 GPA) earning the accolade in their first year of eligibility.

Student-athletes must have a 3.0 grade-point average and be a starter or significant contributor to be eligible for an All-Academic team selection.

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