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Tenishia Benson
Tenishia Benson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Akron, Ohio

High School:
Archbishop Hoban

Height:
5-9

Position:
G

Experience:
1L


2007-08 Season (Freshman): Athletic wing player stepped in as a freshman and played quality minutes, showing the ability to score and the toughness to defend and rebound ... averaged 8.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest as a true freshman ... started 23 of 28 games ... led the Bearcats and ranked third in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, connecting on 69-of-83 (.831) from the free throw line ... connected on 23 straight free throws, snapping Valerie King's streak of 21 consecutive free throws made during the 2002-03 season ... came off the bench to score 11 points and add seven rebounds against Michigan (11/13) in her collegiate debut ... became the first Bearcat since Shelly Bellman (2005) to lead the team in scoring in her first collegiate start after dropping a game-high 25 points against Valparaiso (11/16) ... shot 11-for-11 from the free throw line against Valpo, tying for second place in UC history in single-game free throw percentage ... became the first player since Valerie King (vs. UAB, 1/26/03) to shoot and make 11 free throws in a game ... scored 15 points against Duquesne (11/19) and pulled down nine rebounds ... landed 9-of-9 free throws, increasing her streak of free throws made to 20 ... was one of two players in the nation to have made 20-of-20 free throws (senior Kamela Gissendanner of Penn State) ... scored 14 points and pulled down 10 boards for her first career double-double against McNeese State (11/21) ... recorded second double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Dayton (11/29) ... played 40 minutes and scored 11 points -- seven in the last two minutes of the game - and added nine rebounds and a season-high four steals in the Xavier win (12/1) ... went 5-for-5 at the charity stripe and scored 15 points with two assists and a steal against Wright State (12/11) ... recorded third double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds (matching a career-high) in 38 minutes against Central Michigan (12/17) ... dropped in 11 points and grabbed six boards at Tennessee Tech (12/29) ... scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting at the free throw line against Georgetown (1/8) ... dropped in 11 points, had three steals, three assists and four boards at No. 22/24 Syracuse (2/23) ... scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds against St. John's (3/1).

Pre-Cincinnati Career: Finished her career at Archbishop Hoban as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,120 points ... part of a squad that finished the 2006-07 season with a 20-5 overall record ... high school played in the North Coast League and won league and district titles in 2004-05 and 2006-07 ... averaged 15.3 points a game as a senior ... named to the Division II all-Ohio first team after her senior year ... honor roll student all four years of high school and was the class president ... member of student council.

Personal: Full name is Tenishia JoAnn Benson ... born June 24, 1989 in Akron, Ohio ... daughter of Jeff and Renee Benson-Ludle ... has three sisters, Paige, Kayla and Faith ... majoring in communications.