March 28, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Juniors Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson earned 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball All-Academic honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday. Three Cougars also earned honorable mention recognition.
Benz was selected to the first team All-Academic for the second consecutive year and leads all first team honorees with a 3.86 grade point average. The communication and history major was also named to the 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII University Division Women's Basketball Team.
The Portland, Ore., native also earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors for her 2005-06 efforts and highlighted her season by earning the Pac-10 Player of the Week award on Feb. 20. The conference 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 junior campaign with a 9.9 scoring average and pulling down 9.1 rebounds per game, earning her the Pac-10 rebounding title for the second consecutive year.
Ferguson, the 2005-06 co-captain with Benz, was named to the second team after earning honorable mention honors her sophomore season. Ferguson, a 2003 graduate of Spokane's (Wash.) Mead High School, carries 3.54 GPA in Asian Studies.
Ferguson started the season with a team-leading 12 points and nine rebounds in the squad's 53-43 win over St. Mary's and finished her junior campaign averaging 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. She is currently seventh all-time on the WSU career free-throw percentage list, shooting 75 percent.
Three Cougars garnered All-Academic honorable mention accolades with sophomores Brynn Bemis (political science, 3.54 GPA) and Dani Montgomery (undeclared, 3.42 GPA), and redshirt sophomore Nikki Stratton (undeclared, 3.35 GPA) earning the honor 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.