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Serena Benavente
Serena  Benavente


Seaside, CA

High School:
Notre Dame HS





WBK | 2017-18 Season Countdown: #7 counts down the days to the opening of the 2017-18 season with a look at the Gaels' seven most recent professional players

2007-2008: Participated in 30 games with 25 starts...named to the Contra Coast Times Classic All-Tournament team, averaging 15.5 points and shooting 65.2 percent from the field against Cal (11/30/07) and Vanderbilt (12/1/07)...against the California Golden Bears Benavente scored a season-high 19 points, on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor...posted ten or more points in 11 games and five or more rebounds in 12 games...led the team in free throw percentage, shooting 78.4 percent (69-of-89) from the charity stripe...chipped in 16 points on senior night, shooting 4-of-8 from the field and of 8-of-9 from the free throw line...helped the Gaels to a win against LMU in the WCC Tournament, posting 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal...ranks in the top-10 in multiple Saint Mary's categories, placing fifth in career assists with 312, third in steals with 217, and third in games started with 104...finished the season with 261 points, 121 rebounds...58 assist and 38 steals.

2006-2007:Played in 28 games including 27 starts...scored a season high 22 points against LMU on Feb. 24 shooting 5-of-9, made 10-of-12 from the line...tallied 21 points against San Francisco on 1/18...on Dec. 20 against Eastern Washington she scored 20 points including shooting a perfect 14-for-14 from the line which ranked fourth best in Division I single game high category...led the team in free throws made and attempts going 96-121...led the team in assists eight times and in points eight times...averaged 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game...averaged 10.6 points per game and handed out 44 assists during WCC play.

2005-2006: Is the lone Gael to have started in all 27 games...was named to the WCC Honorable Mention Team...recorded 163 points, 95 assists, 70 rebounds, 39 steals and two blocks...her 95 assists lead the Gaels and her 3.5 assists per game led the WCC...led the Gaels with 62 points on free throws...recorded a season high eight assists on February 17, 2006 against conference rival San Diego...recorded at least five assists in nine games this season...lead the team with 39 steals...recorded five steals on January 6, 2006 against Portland University to open conference play...scored in double digits in six games...scored a season high 14 points on December 17, 2005 against Northwestern...averaged 5.8 points, 3.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.1 blocks per game.

2004-05: Missed the season due to injury.

2003-04: Participated in 26 games with 24 starts before ending her season when she tore her ACL against Santa Clara on February 21...was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team...was named to the Territorial Savings Bank All-Tournament team hosted by the University of Hawaii...scored a career-high 16 points against San Francisco on February 19...recorded a career-high seven assists against Hawaii on December 14 and against Sacramento State on January 5...averaged 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.42 steals per game...led the team with 3.0 assists per game...led the team and was third in the WCC in free throw percentage at .819...grabbed a career-high five rebounds against UCLA on December 6...made a career-high four 3-pointers against Gonzaga on January 17.

High School: Comes to Saint Mary's from Notre Dame High School in Salinas, CA...was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and a three-year letterwinner in softball...averaged 15 points, seven assists, four steals and three rebounds per game her senior season...named Tri-County Athletic League Most Valuable Player her senior season...named the Salinas Californian and Monterey County Herald basketball Player of the Year...named to the Cal-Hi Sports 2002-03 Division IV All-State girls basketball team...named Gilroy Mustang Classic All Tournament Team and Seaside Sweet 16 Tournament MVP...2002 Californian Player of the Year...three-time All-Monterey Bay League First Team...two-time MBL Most Valuable Player.

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