Antonia Bennett Playing a Big Game

By: Jason Kahn Email
By: Jason Kahn Email

Tallahassee, FL - Brittney Griner. Skylar Diggans. Elena Della Donne. Names you may recognize as some of the top players in women's college basketball. One name that shouldn't be overlooked is Antonia Bennett. The FAMU senior forward has the numbers to prove it.

"I really didn't expect to be at the top like that, but hey, hardwork pays off," Bennett said.

Out of high school, she was barely recruited. Her best offers came from Division-II schools.

Luckily her rival in high school happened to be her current coach LeDawn Gibson.

Gibson would take the FAMU job and decided to give Bennett a chance.

Since she was a freshman, Bennett hasn't disappointed. She's gotten better every year.

This season she's averaging 20 points (18th in the country) and nine rebounds per game.

"I'd rather get my teammates involved, but I know I have to score, as well," Bennett said. "I just go out there and have fun and try to play my best every game."

"She's a senior, so of course we're going to feed off of her," said Kimberly Sparkman, a sophomore guard. "But everybody has to do their part, as well. Just seeing her doing what she do, it boosts our momentum for us to do what we need to do."

This summer, Bennett was only a select few from around the country to be invited to tryout for Team USA.

"I still don't think she reached her potential yet," Gibson said. "But she put in the offseason work and it pays off. Like I say, best basketball is ahead of her."

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