PRINCETON, N.J. – Sophomore guard Katie Benzan was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, as the conference office announced All-Ivy teams Wednesday. Classmate Jeannie Boehm and senior Taylor Rooks also garnered spots on the All-Ivy second team.
This marks the second-straight season Benzan earned first team recognition. The Wellesley, Massachusetts native ranks among the most prolific 3-point shooters in the nation. From beyond the arc, Benzan is converting on 46.2 percent of her attempts, the best mark in the Ancient Eight and sixth-best in the country. She has drained 91 triples this season, breaking her own single season program record. During conference play, Benzan ranked fifth in scoring at 14.3 points per game and made 51 3-pointers, 12 more than the next closest shooter. The sophomore is pivotal in creating opportunities for her teammates, averaging 4.1 assists per game against Ivy opponents, fifth-best in the Ivy League. Her 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the Ancient Eight. Benzan is the 11th Harvard student-athlete in program history to earn multiple All-Ivy honors and she was the only unanimous first team selection this year.
Boehm, a significant contributor on both ends of the floor, earns her first All-Ivy nod. The Winnetka, Illinois product averaged 9.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while also blocking 2.5 shots per game. Her 67 blocks this season is the 26th-most in the nation and ranks second in the conference. That figure is also the sixth-most in a single season in Harvard history. Last year as a freshman, Boehm recorded 73 rejections. During conference play, Boehm continued to produce, averaging 8.9 points, 7.8 boards, as well as dishing out 26 assists. She was efficient from the floor, making 54.5 percent of her field goal attempts.
Rooks has provided versatility for the Crimson as a wing that can score and rebound. Over the entire season, she accounted for 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She improved her scoring mark in Ivy League action, tallying 13.6 points each outing, while also pulling down 6.6 boards. Defensively, Rooks picked her opponent's pocket 19 times and had five steals. She was twice selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week, earning the honor Jan. 29 and Feb. 26.
The Crimson will begin postseason play this weekend in Philadelphia as the three-seed in the Ivy League Tournament. Harvard will face Penn in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night on ESPN3.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bella Alarie, Princeton (So., G/F – Bethesda, Md.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Eleah Parker, Penn (Fr., C – Charlotte, N.C.)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tamara Simpson, Yale (Sr., G – North Babylon, N.Y.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Courtney Banghart, Princeton
Bella Alarie, Princeton (So. – Bethesda, Md.)
*Katie Benzan, Harvard (So. – Wellesley, Mass.)
Jen Berkowitz, Yale (Sr. – Wayland, Mass.)
Michelle Nowkedi, Penn (Sr. – Missouri City, Texas)
Leslie Robinson, Princeton (Sr. – Corvallis, Ore.)
Camille Zimmerman, Columbia (Sr. – Tempe, Ariz.)
Jeannie Boehm, Harvard (So. – Winnetka, Ill.)
Kate Letkewicz, Dartmouth (Sr. – Waterloo, Iowa)
Shayna Mehta, Brown (Jr. – San Francisco)
Eleah Parker, Penn (Fr. – Charlotte, N.C.)
Taylor Rooks, Harvard (Sr. – Warren, N.J.)
Anna Ross, Penn (Sr. – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Tamara Simpson, Yale (Sr. – North Babylon, N.Y.)
Justine Gaziano, Brown (So. – Natick, Mass.)
Roxy Barahman, Yale (So. – Calabasas, Calif.)
^-first team expanded due to ties in the voting
#-second team expanded due to ties in the voting