Benway Honored by MWBCA, NEWBA & GNAC

Benway Honored by MWBCA, NEWBA & GNAC

STANDISH, Maine – Weekly accolades have been released and Saint Joseph's College senior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) has been selected as the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) Player of the Week. She is also listed on the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) and Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) weekly honor rolls.

Benway averaged 18.0 points and 13.5 rebounds while shooting 53.3% (16-30) from the floor in a pair of victories last week. In a 93-71 victory over Bates College on Saturday, the senior forward scored 24 points off an 11-17 shooting performance to become the 24th member of the Monks' 1,000-point club. She posted a pair of double-doubles on the week as she grabbed 12 rebounds in the win over Bates and scored 12 points with a career-high 15 rebounds in a 71-55 triumph over University of New England on Wednesday.

Through seven games this season Benway is averaging 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while shooting 56.5% (39-69) from the floor and 60% (15-25) from the free throw line. She currently leads the team in rebounding and field goal percentage and ranks second on the squad in scoring average.

For Benway, the MWBCA Player of the Week honor is the second of her career. She last earned the accolade on December 12th, 2016.

Saint Joseph's (7-0), ranked 12th and 16th nationally in the latest and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) weekly polls, will host Colby College on Thursday at 6:00 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at