April 11, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash - Sophomore 6-foot-2 forward Kate Benz took home most valuable player honors to highlight the Washington State women's basketball team awards banquet, Friday night (April 8) at the WSU campus.
Benz - an All-Pacific-10 Conference Honorable Mention selection - led the Cougars in points (10.4/game) and rebounds (9.1/game) during the 2004-05 campaign.
Benz's rebound figure was a Pacific-10 Conference best. She ended the regular season with a .6 advantage over Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld for the conference lead. She became the first Cougar to lead the conference in rebounding and turned in the fifth best single-season rebounding performance in school history. With her 254 rebounds, Benz ended the season fifth on the school's single-season rebounding list as well.
In addition to her conference honorable mention selection, Benz was named to the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District VIII University Division Women's Basketball First Team and also earned an All-Pac-10 Academic First Team selection.
Benz was honored by a vote from her teammates as was outgoing seniors Emma Joneby (most improved award) and Jessica Perry (team player award), junior Keisha Moore (outstanding newcomer award) and freshman Dani Montgomery (Cougar power award).
Joneby averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds a game in 2004-05. She tallied five double-doubles in points and rebounds in addition to nine double-digit scoring games during the season. Joneby entered her senior year with a career total of four double-digit scoring games. Joneby, a 6-foot-2 guard from Vasteras, Sweden, was also named to the All-Pac-10 Academic Second Team.
Perry, a 5-foot-6 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., eclipsed the 300 career assist total vs. Cal, Jan. 27 to become the eighth player in school history to reach that milestone. Perry completed her career with a total of 335 assists, seventh all-time in WSU history. Perry averaged 5.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 2004-05.
In her first year as a Cougar, Moore, a 6-foot-2 center from Riverside, Calif., who transferred to WSU from Idaho, led the team in blocks (1.24/game) as well as averaging 7.6 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. Montgomery, a 5-foot-11 guard from Medford, Ore., saw action in 24 games averaging 3.1 points a contest.
In addition to the academic achievements of Benz and Joneby, sophomore Adriane Ferguson also was recognized for her academic accomplishments. Ferguson, a 6-foot guard out of Spokane's Mead High School, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII University Division Women's Basketball Second Team and also earned an All-Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention selection.