Sun’s Arizin: Villanova Women’s Basketball Wins Big East Honors

Sun's Arizin: Villanova Women's Basketball Wins Big East Honors

Happy Friday Nova Nation! They say if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Well, the Villanova Women did just that this year. Not only did they eliminate the top seeds UConn already on the road, but now they have won top prizes Great East has to offer.

Denise Dillon: Big East Coach of the Year

In just her second year at the helm of the program, former player Denise Dillon looks like the ideal recruit to replace legend Harry Perretta. After being the most successful coach in Drexel history, she is already on her way to catching up with her former boss and mentor with her own status as a mainline legend.

Villanova was chosen to finish fifth overall in the Big East by the Coaches pre-season survey. Instead, Dillon’s Wildcats shattered expectations. Not only did they earn the No. 2 seed in the Grand Eastern Tournament on the strength of a 13-1 season finale, but they’re also now locked out to hear their names called Pick Monday. I can’t wait to see how far they go this post-season.

Maddy Siegrist: Big East Player of the Year

Villanova’s star player is not only one of the best players in this Villanova team. She is possibly the best player on ANY team at Villanova. This season, she won Big East Player of the Year in part by setting a new conference single-season scoring record at 27.9 PPG, and she didn’t finished yet.

Siegrist currently sits third all-time in points for the Wildcats with 1,714, and she has one more year at Nova to go after Shelly Pennefather’s all-time record at 2,408. elite level, she will get there quickly.

Lior Garzon: Big East Most Improved Player

In only her second season, Garzon is already considered one of the rising stars of the Grand Est. This season, she was Villanova’s second-highest scorer (13.9 PPG) and third-highest rebounder (4.2 RPG). The Israel native also leads the team in 3-point shots made this season, making her an excellent running mate alongside Siegrist. Not only did she earn the Most Improved honor, but she was also named to the All-Big East 2nd Team.

Lucy Olsen: Big East All-Rookie Team

It’s already a statement when you can step up to the college level and start all 28 games at point guard as a True Freshman. It’s even more impressive to be named to the all-conference team when you do. Olsen is second on the team in assists and has the team’s best assist-to-turnover ratio, making her the perfect distributor on a team full of weapons.

In other news…

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Villanova Men’s Basketball

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Future Wildcats

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NBA Wildcats

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Villanova Women’s Basketball

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Villanova swept the Big East’s top honors on Thursday, with Maddy Siegrist named Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and Denise Dillon named the league’s Coach of the Year.

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Villanova Athletics

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