Penn State Basketball

Penn State basketball: Alex Bentley earns national honor

Penn State’s Alex Bentley has been named winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, to the nation’s outstanding female collegian 5-feet, 8-inches and under who has excelled both athletically and academically.

The senior guard is the third Lady Lion to win the honor, joining Suzie McConnell (1988) and Helen Darling (2000).

Bentley is a three-time All-Big Ten first team selection and two-time Big Ten All-Defensive team choice. She is the fifth player in school history to earn All-Big Ten first team accolades three times in her career.

The Indianapolis native has been the floor general for the Lady Lions her entire career. Bentley leads the Big Ten and is in the Top 5 nationally with 3.7 steals per game. She is also just the fourth player in school history to notch 100 steals in a season, joining Suzie McConnell (four times), Corinne Gulas (twice) and Helen Darling (once) as the only other players to accomplish the feat. Additionally, she is in the top 15 in the Big Ten in scoring (11th, 14.0), assists (9th, 3.6), free throw percentage (9th, .813) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3rd, 1.8).

Bentley is just the fourth player in Big Ten history and second player in Lady Lion history to accumulate 1,500 points, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.

The Big Ten regular-season champion Lady Lions meet Ohio State on Friday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.