Lopez Porras and Tarrant Named Female and Male Athletes of the Year, Arceneaux and Barrios Earned Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the Year Honors and Benzio and Myer receive the James W. Wilson, Jr. Award
Green Wave post 20-plus wins, advance to C-USA title game, earn postseason bid for third-straight year
Grayson claimed first-team honors, Benzio named to second-team, Blagg tabbed honorable mention
Green Wave standout earns distinction for performance on the court, in the classroom and in the community
Over 30 Student-Athletes Volunteered from Boston College and Tulane
Photos from the Green Wave's win over the Cougars in the 2011-12 regular-season finale
Career Notes: Four-year letterwinner played in 126 games with 105 starts for her career...became just the second player in Tulane women's basketball history and the third overall in the Green Wave annals to score at least 1,000 points and pull down at least 1,000 rebounds...completed her career averaging 8.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.8 blocks per game...set Tulane career record in defensive rebounds (724) while sitting second all-time in total rebounds (1,041), defensive rebounds per game (5.7) and blocked shots (229), third in total rebounds per game (8.3), blocks per game (1.8) and minutes played (3420), tied for third in games played (126), fifth in offensive rebounds (317) and games started (105), sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.5), ninth in field goal percentage (.508), 12th in minutes per game (27.1), 16th in field goals made (418), 18th in free throw attempts (336), 23rd in points (1,039) and 24th in free throws made (203)...holds Green Wave single-season records in defensive rebounds (221 in 2011-12) and defensive rebounds per game (6.7 in 2008-09) while ranking second in defensive rebounds (214 in 2008-09); second (6.5 in 2011-12), 18th (4.8 in 2010-11) and tied for 20th (4.8 in 2009-10) in defensive rebounds per game; fourth (309 in 2011-12), fifth (296 in 2008-09) and 18th (236 in 2010-11) in total rebounds; seventh (9.3 in 2008-09) and 11th (9.1 in 2011-12) in total rebounds per game; tied for 16th (88 in 2011-12), 22nd (82 in 2008-09) and 23rd (81 in 2010-11) in offensive rebounds; tied for 21st (2.6 in 2011-12), 23rd (2.6 in 2008-09) in 25th (2.5 in 2010-11) offensive rebounds per game; fourth (75 in 2010-11), sixth (73 in 2011-12), 14th (47 in 2008-09) and 18th (34 in 2009-10) in blocked shots; fourth (2.3 in 2010-11), sixth (2.1 in 2011-12), 14th (1.5 in 2008-09), 19th (1.2 in 2009-10) in blocks per game; tied for seventh (34 in 2011-12) in games played; tied for third (34 in 2011-12) in games started; 15th (1,004 in 2011-12) and 22nd (946 in 2008-09) in minutes played; and 22nd (.530 in 2011-12) in field goal percentage.
2011-12: Started all 34 games as a senior...earned second-team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana honors and claimed a spot on the C-USA All-Defensive Team after leading the team in field goal percentage (.530), rebounds (309), rebounds per game (9.1) and blocked shots (73) while ranking second in points (321), points per game (9.4), field goals made (133), minutes played (1004) and minutes per game (29.5), third in free throws made (55), and fifth in assists (43) and steals (26)...paced C-USA in field goal percentage while sitting second in blocks per game (2.1) and defensive rebounds per game (6.5), fourth in total rebounds per game, tied for 11th in offensive rebounds per game (2.6) and 23rd in points per game...ranked 30th nationally in blocks per game and 53rd in rebounds per game...named to Tulane/DoubleTree Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks 1.5 assists per game during the team's run to the title...tabbed College Sports Madness C-USA Player of the Week on Feb. 6 after averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 75.0 percent both from the field (12-of-16) and from the free throw line (6-of-8) and C-USA Player of the Week on March 2 after tallying 21 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal in the regular-season finale...scored in double figures 13 times with three 20-plus point outings, including a career-best 22 on 8-of-10 shooting vs SMU (2/5)...posted double-figure rebound totals on 17 occasions, including a season-best 16 at Louisiana Tech (12/2)...tallied seven double-doubles, including a 21-point, 13-rebound effort vs Hampton in the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic title game (12/29)...had 18 multiple-block contests and five multiple-steal outings, including a season-best eight swats and five thefts vs UTEP (1/15)...had10 multiple-assist contests, including a season-high three vs Hampton, vs UTEP, vs UAB (1/19), vs Rice (2/16), vs UTEP in the C-USA title game (3/10) and vs Mississippi Valley State in the WNIT opener (3/15)...played at 30 or more minutes 18 times, including a season-long 40-minute effort against LSU (11/19)...off the court, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club...named C-USA Spirit of Service honoree for her performance on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
2010-11: Saw action in 32 games with 21 starts as a junior...led the team in rebounds (236), rebounds per game (7.4) and blocks (75) while ranking third in field goal percentage (.519) and fifth in both minutes played (802) and minutes per game (25.1)...paced Conference USA in blocks per game (2.3) while sitting fifth in field goal percentage, seventh in defensive rebounds per game (4.8), ninth in total rebounds per game, and 12th in offensive rebounds per game (2.5)...ranked 24th in NCAA in blocks per game...scored in double digits seven times, including a season-high 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting vs. Cal State Fullerton (11/28)...recorded double-digit rebound totals eight times, including a career-best 20 in the C-USA semifinals vs. Houston (3/11) - at total which is tied for third in Tulane single-game history...posted two double-doubles with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. Southern Miss (1/20) and with 13 points and 20 boards vs. Houston (3/11)...had a season-high three assists vs Nicholls State (12/28) and vs. Rice (1/27)...recorded 19 multiple-block outings, including a career-high nine vs. East Carolina (1/13), which is tied for second in Tulane single-game history...tallied a season-best three steals vs. South Alabama (11/13) and against Saint Joseph's (12/3)...played at least 30 minutes eight times, including a season-long 39-minute effort vs. Southern Miss (1/20)...off the court, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2009-10: Played in 28 games with 22 starts as a sophomore...led team in rebounds (200), rebounds per game (7.1) and blocked shots (34) while ranking second in field goal percentage (.519), fifth in free throws made (44) and free throw percentage (.667) and sixth in both points (210) and points per game (7.5)...missed five games and played limited minutes in others due to a lingering foot injury...finished fifth in Conference USA in field goal percentage, sixth in blocks per game (1.2) and eighth in rebounds per game (7.1)...scored in double digits on eight occasions, including a season-best 18 on 8-of-10 shooting at South Alabama (12/1)...tallied double-digit rebounds seven times, including a season-best 17 (6 offense, 11 defense) vs. UAB in the C-USA championship game (3/12)...had a quartet of point/rebound double-doubles, including a 16-point, 14-rebound effort against Loyola-Maryland (11/21) to go along with three assists, a block and a steal...was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field against Louisiana-Monroe (11/13) and vs. Longwood on (12/25)...had a season-best four blocks vs. Prairie View in the Big Easy Classic (12/4)...played at least 30 minutes on six occasions, including a season-best 37 minutes vs. Georgia in the NCAA Tournament (3/20)...off the court, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2008-09: Saw action in all 32 games with 28 starts as a true freshman...earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after leading the team in rebounds (296), rebounds per game (9.3) and blocks (47) while ranking second in field goals made (108), minutes played (946) and minutes per game (29.6), third in free throws made (59), fourth in free throw percentage (.634), tied for fourth in points per game (8.6) and fifth in points (275), assists (45) and steals (32)...finished fifth in Conference USA in rebounds per game, seventh in blocks per game (1.47) and ninth in field goal percentage...ranked 44th in NCAA in rebounding and was the No. 2 freshman rebounder in all of Division I...named C-USA Freshman of the Week on Jan. 5 after averaging 15.0 points and 14.0 rebounds over a pair of games...scored in double digits 13 times and had double-digit rebound totals on 16 occasions...had nine double-doubles, including a season-high 19 points and a season-best 15 rebounds at UTEP (1/2)...also had 19 points vs. Houston (1/9) and 15 rebounds vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (11/26)...had 11 multiple-block games, including a season-high seven stuffs vs. Houston (1/9)...posted career highs with eight assists and four steals vs. Southern Miss (2/19)...played in 30 or more minutes 16 times, including as season-long 36 at Louisiana-Monroe (11/29), at UTEP (1/2) and at Marshall (2/5)...off the court, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Jensen Beach High for coach for coach Theresa Iulliucci...helped guide the Falcons to a combined 73-14 record over her final three prep seasons, advance to the state playoffs each time and win the 4A state title as a junior...tabbed second-team all-state as a junior and senior...earned all-area honors all four seasons: honorable mention as a freshman and first-team each of her last three years...also named FHSAA Academic All-State in 2008...ranked No. 29 player in the state by FloridaHoops.com after averaging 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game and tallying 94 blocks, 65 steals and 56 assists as a senior...averaged 13.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per games a junior...as a sophomore, averaged 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per outing...also lettered four years in volleyball where she was a two-time all-state selection, while claiming the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers Player of the Year and leading her team to a state championship as a senior...off the court, was an AP Scholar Award winner and was named JBH's Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior...graduated with a 3.95 GPA and ranked 24th in a class of 321.
Personal: Born Brett Elizabeth Benzio on April 27, 1990, in Carol Stream, Ill...daughter of Edward and Barbara Benzio...has one brothers, Brian, and two sisters; Brooke and Brittney...completed her degree in business management in May 2012.
Benzio's Career Statistics
Points: 22 vs SMU (2/5/12)
Field Goals: 9 on 3 Occasions; last vs Houston (3/1/12)
Free Throws: 7 at Marshall (2/11/10)
Rebounds: 20 vs. Houston (3/11/11)
Assists: 8 vs. Southern Miss (2/19/09)
Steals: 5 vs UTEP (1/15/12)
Blocks: 9 vs. East Carolina (1/13/11)
Minutes: 40 vs LSU (11/19/11)
Double-Figure Scoring: 45
Double-Figure Rebounds: 48