REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2010-11) Saw action in 30 games in first full season in a Pitt uniform ... averaged 3.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest ... ranked fourth on the team with 91 rebounds ... had career-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds at Valparaiso on Dec. 11 ... double-double marked the first of career for the redshirt freshman ... had 10 points, first double-figure scoring contest, on Dec. 4 at home versus Mt. St. Mary's ... registered 11 points against UT Arlington on Dec. 20 ... pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against Marquette on Jan. 29 ... scored 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting against USF on March 4 to push Pitt into the second round of the Big East Tournament ... went 4-of-4 in the game ... had three blocks - a career-high - versus Marquette ... played season/career high 25 minutes vs. Texas Tech on Dec. 19.
2009-10 SEASON Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL Led Norland to an 32-0 undefeated season and state championship during senior year...averaged a double-double her junior (14.5 ppg, 12.5 rbg.) and sophomore (11.5 ppg, 12 rbg.) seasons ... named second team all-county following her junior season ... led team in blocks as well as blocks in a single game (8) ... an Adidas Top 10 Underclassmen Camp participant following her sophomore season ...directed team to Florida Class 6A state runner up finishes her freshman and sophomore seasons ... named third team all-county following her sophomore season ... averaged 7.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a freshman ... named an all-conference honorable mention following her freshman season ... recorded Norland Girl's Basketball's top GPA all four years ... played AAU basketball for Team Breakdown ... also competed in volleyball ... led volleyball team to a district appearance her senior year ... graduated cum laude from School for Advanced Studies-Wolfson with a weighted grade point average of 5.34 ... completed 19 college credits at Miami Dade College prior to Pitt.
PERSONAL Daughter of Verdell and Shirley Bender ... born October 31, 1990 ... has one sister, Gloria (30) and one brother, Edward (24) ... mother played volleyball and basketball at Florida ... uncle Vincent Kendrick was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1974 and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .... uncle Preston Kendrick was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1975 ... majoring in Business Finance.