Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
High School/Club: Listed as a “Player to Watch” by TopDrawerSoccer.com … made the Atlanta Silverbacks WL squad in the summer of 2013 … attended Saint Pius X Catholic H.S. in Atlanta, Ga., from freshman through junior years … guided St. Pius X Catholic H.S. to the 3AAA State Championship in 2013 … her H.S. squad posted region championships from 2012-13 … played club soccer for CFC Lady Chiefs Elite in Atlanta, Ga., from 2009-13, along with FC Wisconsin Eclipse/ECNL in 2014 … 2013 and 2011 Georgia State Cup semifinalist … 2012, 2011 and 2009 Region III Girls Premier League … fall 2010 Athena A Champions … will play and train senior year spring/summer season with FC Wisconsin Eclipse/ECNL.
Personal: Full name is Mary Elizabeth Bender (nickname MEBS) ... born November 10, 1995 ... daughter of Bob and Alice Bender ... has one brother, Trey (15) … her father, Bob, is the assistant bench coach for the Milwaukee Bucks ... her father, Bob, played basketball at Indiana (1975-76) before transferring to Duke (1977-80), played on the 1978 Duke team that lost to Kentucky in the Final 4 … assistant coach at Duke (1983-89), head coach at Illinois State (1989-93), head coach at the University of Washington (1993-2002), assistant bench coach for Philadelphia 76ers (2002-04) and Atlanta Hawks (2004-13) … has four relatives who are Duke graduates – maternal grandmother, Janet Ketner Hunter (’58), mother, Alice Hunter Bender (BA ’85, MBA ’89), father, Bob Bender (’80) and maternal aunt, Elizabeth Hunter Skidmore (BA ’87) … named to the Dean’s List as a sophomore and junior and National Honor Society as a junior and senior … received Honor Roll, First Honors as a senior...member of the National Society for High School Scholars ... received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2012 and 2013.