Senior center Brett Benzio was one of 12 student-athletes honored with the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday.
April 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - After concluding her collegiate career last month in helping guide the Tulane women's basketball team to the second round of the 2012 WNIT, Green Wave senior Brett Benzio was named one of 12 recipients of the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service Award is presented three times throughout the academic year with Wednesday's recipients representing the conference's winter sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, and women's swimming.
On the court, Benzio was a four-year starter for the Wave and became just the second player in Tulane women's basketball history and the third overall (men's or women's) to surpass the 1,000-point/1,000-rebound plateau for their career. She wrapped up her collegiate career with 1,039 points, 1,041 rebounds, 229 blocks, 147 assists and 92 steals while connecting on 50.8 percent of her field goals (418-of-823) and starting 105-of-126 games during her time in the olive green and sky blue.
As a senior, she was named second-team All C-USA and claimed a spot on the C-USA All-Defensive Team after leading the team with 73 blocked shots, 309 total rebounds (88 offensive, 221 defensive) and a 53.0 field goal percentage (133-of-251) while finishing second on the squad with 321 points.
In addition to her play on the hardwood, Benzio was active in the community as well. As a freshman, she participated in the Habitat For Humanity program and was an Outreach Tulane volunteer. In 2010, she was a Junior Achievement volunteer, and most recently, was a part of the Final Four Grow Dat Program and Youth Clinic.
Benzio is a four-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member and claimed Tulane 3.0 Club recognition all four years. She currently sports a cumulative grade point average of 3.331 and will receive her bachelor's degree in business management in May.
Benzio is one of five women's basketball players to earn the C-USA Spirit of Service Award for the winter, joining Alisha Filmore of SMU, Wendy Miller of Southern Miss, TaRonda Randall of UAB and Kristine Vitola of UTEP. Other honorees are East Carolina's Erica Bell (women's track and field), Houston's Bryan Brown (men's track and field), Marshall's Kacey Preun (women's swimming), Memphis' Robert Jackson (men's track and field), Rice's Tamir Jackson (men's basketball), Tulsa's Chris O'Hare (men's track and field) and UCF's Sonnisha Williams (women's track and field).