April 13, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Senior point guard Ashley Langford was named Third Team All-Louisiana, while freshman center Brett Benzio was named to the honorable mention list by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association. Langford, Tulane's all-time assist leader, finished her Tulane career with 1,047 points. Benzio was tied for second among freshman in rebounding in all of the NCAA.
Tulane's all-time assist leader, Langford the Harrisburg, Pa. native ranks second all-time in C-USA history in assists with 722. She finished in the top 30 in assists in the NCAA in each of the last four seasons, including 17th this past season. Langford was ranked eighth in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio and owns a 2.19 assist-to-turnover ratio for her career, and also ranks second in Tulane history in free throw percentage.
Langford was a four-time All-Conference USA selection, including a Third Team honoree in 2008-09. In four seasons, she re-wrote the Tulane record book for assists, holding all four of Tulane's single-season assist records, and with 10 games with 10 or more assists, she holds 10 of the top 13 single-game assists records.
Her 722 assists have led to 1,685 Tulane points (280 layups, 202 jumpers, 228 three-pointers), and she reached the 1,000-point plateau as a scorer this season, finishing in 19th in Tulane history with 1,047 points. Combined between points and assists, Langford has led to 2,732 of Tulane's 8,021 points (34.0 percent).
Benzio average 9.3 rebounds per game in her breakout freshman campaign. Among all freshman in NCAA, her average was tied for second in Division with Ashley Palmer of Long Island, 0.2 rebounds back of UNLV's Jamie Smith, UNLV. Her 296 rebounds on the season were the fourth most in a single-season in Tulane history, and the most among freshman.
The 6-3 Palm City, Fla. native averaged 8.9 points per game, and was the only freshman in the nation averaging a double-double before a mid-January bout with mono limited her productivity. She earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors during the 2008-09 campaign.
She ranked seventh in C-USA with 1.47 blocks per game. Her 47 blocked shots were the 12th most in a single-season in Tulane history and already rank tied for ninth on Tulane's career list with the great Barbara Farris. In one game against Houston on January 9, she blocked seven shots.
Benzio's .468 field goal percentage ranked ninth in C-USA, third among freshmen. She turned in nine double-doubles with 13 double-digit scoring games and 15 double-figure rebounding games. She also proved her versatility with an eight-assist game in Tulane's win over Southern Miss on February 19.
The Green Wave finished 18-14 overall in 2008-09, 9-7 in Conference USA. The sixth seed in the C-USA tourney, Tulane fell to eventual finalist Southern Miss in the quarterfinals. Tulane will return seven letter-winners next season and welcome four newcomers to the fold for 2009-10.