CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Capping an impressive performance against Rhode Island and No. 14 California this weekend, junior Katie Benzan of the Harvard women's basketball team has been named both the espnW National Player of the Week and the Ivy League Player of the Week, as announced by the organizations today.
Benzan led the Crimson in back-to-back wins on the road this weekend at Rhode Island and No. 14 California. Against the Rams, the junior guard recorded 13 points, while adding seven assists and three steals to her tally in route to an 80-47 victory over Rhode Island. Following a productive performance on Friday, Benzan posted her first double-double of the season in the Crimson's upset of 14th-ranked California on Sunday. The Wellesley, Mass. native led Harvard in scoring with 19 points, shooting 6-for-13 from the field and 5-for-11 from three-point range. Adding to the Crimson's offensive efforts, Benzan tied her career-high of 10 assists as Harvard topped the Golden Bears, 85-79.
This mark's Benzan's ninth Ivy League Player/Rookie of the Week honor of her career, as well as her first espnW accolade. Benzan was also named the College Sports Madness National Player of the Week. Harvard moved to 7-6 on the season this weekend and is currently enduring a three-game winning streak as it heads into conference play next month.