Feb. 17, 2005
The pair was named to the 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII University Division Women's Basketball Team, Thursday. Benz earned a first team accolade while Ferguson garnered a second team selection.
The tandem joins Lindsey Egeland (2004), Katie Nyseth (2001), Victoria Harrod (2001), Darla Williamson (1992) and Jeanne Eggart (1982) as Cougars who have earned a selection to the team. As a first team pick, Benz is eligible for selection to the national team, which will be announced, March 3. Eggart earned national honorable mention honors in 1982.
Benz, whose major is undeclared, carries a 3.95 GPA. The Portland, Ore., native is the Pacific-10 Conference leader in rebounds (9.4/game) and double-doubles (eight). If the season ended today, Benz, a 6-foot-2 forward from Central Catholic High School, would have the fourth best single-season rebounds per game performance in school history. No Cougar has ever captured the conference rebounding title.
With 226 rebounds so far this season, Benz is tied for eighth on the school's single-season rebounding list. She is one shy of seventh position (Bianca McCall, 2003) and five shy of sixth place (Karen Brown, 1981). In addition to rebounding and double-doubles, Benz is ranked in the conference's top 10 in several categories. She leads the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (6.96/game), is sixth in offensive rebounding (2.46/game), and seventh in minutes played (32.42). Additionally, she is 16th in scoring (10.4 ppg).
Ferguson carries a 3.62 GPA in sport management. The 6-foot guard from Mead High School of Spokane, Wash., is averaging 10.2 points a game and is sixth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.57/game), and 17th in scoring.
Earlier this season, Ferguson scored a career-high 26 points at Nebraska, Nov. 22 with 19 of those points coming in the first half. Ferguson's first half point total exceeded her previous career-high (15 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2004). She converted a career-high six 3-pointers against the Huskers tying her for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game 3-point field goals with seven other players.
A few days later, Ferguson earned an all-tournament team selection in leading the Cougars to a second place finish at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic hosted by St. Mary's (Calif.) College, Nov. 26-27. In the first game against St. Mary's, Nov. 26, Ferguson scored a game-tying high 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 70-58 win over the Gaels.
CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) members in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia were responsible for voting.
The Cougars travel across the state to play intrastate rival Washington, Saturday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest.