Angel Robinson Named to Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Oct. 21, 2010
NEW YORK - Marquette University senior guard Angel Robinson was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Conference Team and the Marquette women's basketball squad was picked to finish 10th in the conference, the league announced Thursday morning.
Robinson was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection in 2009-10, her second-straight nod. She led the team with 11.9 points per game last season, registering 17 double-figure scoring games. She was fourth in the league with 4.67 assists per game and seventh with 2.12 steals.
With seven upperclassmen, including six seniors, and six newcomers, Marquette is looking to build on a 17-win season from last year. The Golden Eagles finished last season 17-16 overall, including a 6-10 record in league play. Junior forward Andi Oordt joins a number of freshmen who were rated among HoopGurlz top 50 rankings.
The University of Connecticut, the two-time defending NCAA Champion and the four-time defending conference champion, was picked to win the 2010-11 BIG EAST women’s basketball regular-season title. The unanimous selection was made by the league’s 16 head coaches, who were not permitted to select their own teams. Connecticut has claimed 16 league championships, 18 regular-season titles and has won both titles in the same season 14 times, all during the past 29 years of BIG EAST women’s basketball. West Virginia earned the other first-place vote.
Connecticut was followed by West Virginia in the second spot. Georgetown was chosen third, with Notre Dame and St. John’s close behind in fourth and fifth, respectively. DePaul was picked to finish sixth, followed by Rutgers (seventh), Louisville (eighth) and Syracuse (ninth). Marquette rounded out the top ten schools, followed by USF, Providence, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Cincinnati and Seton Hall.
The Huskies won their seventh national championship in 2010 to cap their second straight undefeated season. They carry a Division I record 78-game winning streak into 2010-11. It was UConn’s fourth perfect season in program history. The Huskies enter the year having won either the BIG EAST regular-season or championship titles in each of the last 17 seasons. UConn has also advanced to the NCAA Regionals in each of the last 17 seasons and is coming off three straight Final Four appearances.
Connecticut is led by two-time Wade Trophy winner Maya Moore (18.9 points), who returns for her senior season. A member of the USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team, Moore is the fastest player in school history to surpass 2,000 points needing just 108 games. The 2010 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Moore has totaled 2,168 career points. Junior guard Tiffany Hayes (10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds) also returns along with senior guard Lorin Dixon (2.9 points, 61 assists). Sophomore guard Kelly Faris (4.1 points, 3.7 rebounds) should see an expanded role.
West Virginia had a strong 2009-10 campaign posting a program-high in wins as they went 29-6, 13-3 BIG EAST play. The Mountaineers advanced to the title game of the BIG EAST Championship for the second time in school history (also accomplished in 2006).This year they return eight letterwinners and all five starters. West Virginia finished the year ranked No. 16 in the USA Today Poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press Poll. The final rankings were the school’s highest since 1991-92. West Virginia also advanced to the NCAA Championship for the third time in the last four years. Senior guard Liz Repella returns after leading the Mountaineers with 13.9 ppg and 70 3-pointers last season. She is joined by redshirt-senior G/F Korrine Capbell, who led the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and six double-doubles.
Georgetown returns three starters from last year’s NCAA Championship qualifying team, including BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Sugar Rodgers. Coming off their best season in more than a decade, the Hoyas have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons. Georgetown led the league in steals (12.9) and turnover margin (+8.1), while ranking second in 3-point field goals (6.3 per game). Georgetown also begins the year with a 15-game home court winning streak dating to March of 2009.
Notre Dame, picked to finish fourth, is returning a solid core, including All-BIG EAST Second Team pick Skylar Diggins. Notre Dame will welcome three talented freshmen. The newcomers include consensus prep All-America guard and USA Basketball gold medalist Kayla McBride, Canadian National Team forward Natalie Achonwa and two-time Michigan Player of the Year Ariel Braker. It is the second consecutive season the Irish have added a McDonald’s All-American (Diggins).
Marquette is followed by USF (11th), Providence (12th), Pittsburgh (13th), Villanova (14th), Cincinnati (15th) and Seton Hall (16th).
The 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship returns to the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., for the eighth straight year. After a successful championship in 2010 that saw attendance increases and again was the national leader among other conferences, the five-day, 15-game event returns March 4-8, 2011. All 16 teams battle for the conference title and will earn the league’s automatic bid to the 64-team NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.
2010-11 Preseason BIG EAST Coaches’ Poll
Connecticut senior all-American Maya Moore has been selected by the league’s head coaches as the unanimous 2010-11 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year for the third straight season. Connecticut guard Bria Hartley, from North Babylon, N.Y., was chosen as the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. The votes are tallied from the 16 head coaches in the conference, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.
Moore, the 2009 Wooden Award winner and a 2008 and 2010 Wooden All American, averaged 18.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a year ago for the undefeated Huskies. The senior forward ranks fourth among UConn’s career scoring leaders with 2,168 points and fourth among career rebounding leaders with 963. She was the only amateur player to be selected to the USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team and has been named the 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, 2010 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and is a three-time WBCA/State Farm All-America selection. Moore was also named Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Final Four.
Hartley was named New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. She finished her high school career with 1,978 points after averaging 30.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 7.2 apg, 5.9 spg and 5.0 blocks per game during her senior season. A member of the 2010 U18 National Team, Hartley was honored as a McDonald’s All-American and finalist for the Naismith and Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year awards.
Notre Dame sophomore guard Skylar Diggins is one of three unanimous selections to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Diggins was named to the Wooden Award Watch List as well as the Wade Watch list. In her rookie campaign, Diggins became the first freshman in 17 seasons to lead the Fighting Irish in scoring. She was also the first freshman in 16 years to dish out 100 assists. She finished the season as the third player in program history to record 400 points, 100 assists and 75 steals in a single season. Diggins led the squad with 13.9 ppg, 2.6 ppg and 3.2 apg, adding a team-high 24 double-digit scoring games.
Connecticut junior guard Tiffany Hayes, another unanimous selection, earned a spot on the list after averaging 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2009-10. She registered double-figure scoring 21 times and scored at least 20 points three times. Hayes earned a spot on the 2009 WBCA Classic All-Tournament Team. In her first season, she was named Freshman of the Week three times and earned a place on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. Last year she earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors.
Georgetown sophomore guard Sugar Rodgers was unanimously selected to the team after a freshman year that saw her lead the Hoyas to the most successful season in program history. Rodgers, on the Wooden Women’s Preseason Top 30 and Wade Watch List, was an AP Honorable Mention AP All-American and All-BIG EAST First Team, marking the first time in program history that a freshman won both honors. She was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year after earning five BIG EAST Rookie of the Week awards. Her 17.6 points per game were fifth in the conference and she led the league in 3-pointers with 2.5 per game.
2010-11 Preseason Awards
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
* - unanimous selections