Highlights and reaction following the women's basketball game between Army and Manhattanville.
NOTES: Will serve as a team captain in her final season on the banks of the Hudson ... overcame tremendous obstacles with her shoulder surgery in 2009 ... in position to make a major contribution this year ... vocal, spiritual leader of the team ... after delaying enrollment for a year due to surgery and then attending USMAPS, Benedict is the oldest player on the team at age 25.
2012-13 (SENIOR): Co-captain ... played just six game before suffering a season-ending injury ... started the season opener at Wagner (11/9) ... played a season-high 26 minutes ... came off the bench in the final five outings ... first basket of the season came vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) on 11/12 ... three points, two assists, two rebounds against the Terriers ... played 22 minutes at Fairleigh Dickinson (11/15) ... season-high six points on 2-of-4 shooting against Penn (11/18) ... two points, two rebounds at Weber State (11/21) ... played four minutes at Air Force (11/23) before being injured on a drive to the basket.
2011-12 (JUNIOR): Spent time in and out of the starting five ... started 18 games at point guard and played in all 30 games ... averaged just over 22 minutes per contest ... logged more minutes in the point guard spot than any other player on the team ... 110 points (3.7 points per game) scored as a junior were more than her previous two seasons combined ... poured in a career-high 14 points at rival Navy (Jan. 14) ... accounted for all three of Army's three-point buckets against the Mids ... efforts versus Navy marked her second double-digit scoring game of the season after having totaled 13 points in a 71-40 rout of Manhattanville (Nov. 25) at Christl Arena ... made 20-of-46 three-point attempts for a 43.5 percentage behind the arc ... scored in 21 of 30 games played.
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE): Settled into a role as the back-up point guard to four-year starter Nalini Hawkins (West Point '11) ... drew time in 17 games and made one start ... matched a season-high 13 minutes in her lone career start at Binghamton (Dec. 1) ... averaged just under six minutes a game ... logged 10 minutes in the season-opener at Wagner (Nov. 12) and 13 minutes against both Binghamton and St. Francis (N.Y.) (Nov. 27) ... scored in seven contests, including a stretch of four-straight games stretching from late November and into December ... totaled a season-high five points on 2-of-3 shooting in a 57-34 win over St. Francis (N.Y.).
2009-10 (FRESHMAN): Played in 25 games and averaged 9.2 minutes per game ... averaged 1.6 points per contest ... made collegiate debut in the Black Knights' season-opening 74-70 overtime win over Wagner ... scored in 14 games ... rung in the New Year with a career-high eight points in her home state against No. 24 Georgia Tech on Jan. 2 ... six of her eight points came from behind the arc ... dished out a career-high three assists in a season-high 12 minutes on the floor ... played in 12 Patriot League contests and averaged 8.8 minutes an outing over the course of the conference season ... scored in eight conference contests.
BACKGROUND: Arrived at West Point as a part of the Class of 2012, but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury prior to the start of preseason ... left the Academy, leaving her with a full four years of eligibility ... averaged 21.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 23 games played during her year at the USMA Prep School where she achieved the rank of company commander ... enjoyed a fantastic high school career at North Forsyth ... three-year captain on the basketball team ... earned Forsyth County Player of the Year, all-county, all-conference and Most Valuable Player accolades during her career ... product of the Georgia Metros AAU program ... two-sport athlete that split time between basketball and soccer ... named all-county and best defender on the soccer field ... accepted into West Point Class of 2012, but a season-ending shoulder injury prohibited her from playing ... first year of eligibility was 2009-10 with the Class of 2013.
PERSONAL: Given name is Elizabeth Marie Benedict ... parents' names are Dennis and Anne ... eldest player on the team at age 23 ... younger brother, John, is a sophomore basketball player at the Coast Guard Academy ... spent three weeks of summer in Africa, specifically the Mozambique area, as a part of a cultural immersion trip ... traveled with four other cadets in order to broaden knowledge of the culture, farming and language (Portuguese) ... company H-3 ... major is Psychology ... branched transportation and will post at Fort Bragg, N.C.