Katie Benzan Named to All-ECAC Second Team

Katie Benzan Named to All-ECAC Second Team

Freshman guard Katie Benzan had a fantastic season for Harvard women's basketball. (Gil Talbot)

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that freshman guard Katie Benzan of Harvard women's basketball earned All-ECAC Second Team recognition. Benzan was the only freshman recognized on either the first or second teams.

Benzan was tabbed to the second team along with Jessica Kovatch (St. Francis), Imani Watkins (Albany), Nia Marshall (Cornell), Amy Griffin (La Salle), and Shay Burnett (Elon). On the first team were Precious Hall (James Madison), Alexis Peterson (Syracuse), Michelle Nwokedi (Penn), Feyonda Fitzgerald (Temple) and Teniya Page (Penn State).

Making an immediate impact in her first year at Harvard, Benzan was the first student-athlete in program history since Reka Cserny (2001-02) to earn a spot on the All-Ivy League first team as a freshman. She led the team in scoring during the regular season with an average of 13.4 points per game (7th, Ivy League), and led the league with 4.2 assists per game.

Benzan was particularly effective beyond the three-point arc, as she hit an Ivy-best 85 three-pointers on the season (85-217, 39.2%, 4th Ivy League) Last Friday at New Hampshire, Benzan set the program record for three-pointers in a season, previously held by Erin Maher (80 in 1990-91). Benzan was also one of the nation's best free-throw shooters this season, hitting 64-of-68 (94.1%) from the charity stripe.

Harvard completed the 2016-17 season with a 21-9 record overall, beating UNH (69-56) in the WNIT opening round before falling to St. John's (62-57) on Sunday (March 19) afternoon. The Crimson reached 20 wins for the 12th time in program history, all during the 35-year tenure of Kathy Delaney-Smith.