Big East Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year

The Big East Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year award is given to the women's basketball player in the Big East Conference voted as the top performer by the conference coaches. It was first awarded at the end of the 1982–83 season, the first in which the Big East sponsored women's basketball.

Big East Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded forthe most outstanding female basketball player in the Big East Conference
CountryUnited States
First awarded1983
Currently held byNatisha Hiedeman, Marquette

The head coaches of the league's teams submit their votes following the end of the regular season and before the conference's tournament in early March. The coaches cannot vote for their own players.[1]

The first award went to Debbie Beckford of St. John's in 1983. There have been five multiple winners so far. Rebecca Lobo and Diana Taurasi, both of UConn, each won the award twice in their careers. Shelly Pennefather of Villanova and two UConn players, Kerry Bascom and Maya Moore, were each three-time winners. Uniquely, Moore's wins were not all consecutive, as she lost out to her UConn teammate Tina Charles in 2009–10.

So far, voting has resulted in a tie once, in 1984 when both Jennifer Bruce and Kathy Finn won the award.

Seven players have also won National Player of the Year awards. Rebecca Lobo, Ruth Riley, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, and Maya Moore are all recipients of the Naismith College Player of the Year award. Shelly Pennefather, Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti, Bird, Taurasi, and Moore are all recipients of the Wade Trophy. Moore is also a recipient of the John R. Wooden Award.

UConn, currently in the American Athletic Conference but set to join the Big East in 2020, has the most all-time awards, with 17, and the most individual winners, with 11. The only current Big East members with more than one winner are Villanova, with two players who combined to win four awards; DePaul, with three players who each won one award; and Marquette, with two players who each won one award. Three current Big East members have yet to have a winner—Seton Hall, which was a charter member of the Big East in 1979, and Butler and Xavier, both of which joined the Big East at its 2013 relaunch following the conference split which spawned The American.

Key

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year, Wade Trophy or the John R. Wooden Award
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Player of the Year award

Winners

Season Player School Class Reference
1982–83 Debbie Beckford St. John's Senior [2]
1983–84 Jennifer Bruce Pittsburgh Sophomore [2]
1983–84 Kathy Finn Providence Sophomore [2]
1984–85 Shelly Pennefather Villanova Sophomore [2]
1985–86 Shelly Pennefather (2) Villanova Junior [2]
1986–87 Shelly Pennefather* (3) Villanova Senior [2]
1987–88 Lisa Angelotti Villanova Senior [2]
1988–89 Kerry Bascom UConn Sophomore [2]
1989–90 Kerry Bascom (2) UConn Junior [2]
1990–91 Kerry Bascom (3) UConn Senior [2]
1991–92 Frances Savage Miami Senior [3]
1992–93 Kris Witfill Georgetown Senior [2]
1993–94 Rebecca Lobo UConn Junior [2]
1994–95 Rebecca Lobo* (2) UConn Senior [2]
1995–96 Jennifer Rizzotti* UConn Senior [2]
1996–97 Kara Wolters UConn Senior [2]
1997–98 Nykesha Sales UConn Senior [2]
1998–99 Svetlana Abrosimova UConn Sophomore [2]
1999–00 Shea Ralph UConn Junior [2]
2000–01 Ruth Riley* Notre Dame Senior [2]
2001–02 Sue Bird* UConn Senior [2]
2002–03 Diana Taurasi* UConn Junior [2]
2003–04 Diana Taurasi* (2) UConn Senior [2]
2004–05 Jacqueline Batteast Notre Dame Senior [2]
2005–06 Cappie Pondexter Rutgers Senior [2]
2006–07 Angel McCoughtry Louisville Sophomore [2]
2007–08 Maya Moore UConn Freshman [2]
2008–09 Maya Moore* (2) UConn Sophomore [4]
2009–10 Tina Charles* UConn Senior [5]
2010–11 Maya Moore* (3) UConn Senior [6]
2011–12 Skylar Diggins Notre Dame Junior [7]
2012–13 Skylar Diggins (2) Notre Dame Senior [8]
2013–14 Marissa Janning Creighton Sophomore [9]
2014–15 Brittany Hrynko DePaul Senior [10]
2015–16 Chanise Jenkins DePaul Senior [11]
2016–17 Brooke Schulte DePaul Senior [12]
2017–18 Allazia Blockton Marquette Junior [13]
2018–19 Natisha Hiedeman Marquette Senior [14]

Winners by school

School (years in conference) Winners Years
UConn (1979–2013, 2020–future)[a 1][a 2] 17 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Villanova (1980–present) 4 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Notre Dame (1995–2013)[a 3] 4 2001, 2005, 2012, 2013
DePaul (2005–present) 3 2015, 2016, 2017
Marquette (2005–present) 2 2018, 2019
Creighton (2013–present) 1 2014
Georgetown (1979–present) 1 1993
Louisville (2005–2013)[a 1] 1 2007
Miami (1991–2004)[a 4] 1 1992
Pittsburgh (1982–2013)[a 3] 1 1984†
Providence (1979–present) 1 1984†
Rutgers (1995–2013)[a 1] 1 2006
St. John's (1979–present) 1 1983
Boston College (1979–2005)[a 5] 0
Butler (2013–present) 0
Cincinnati (2005–2013)[a 1] 0
Seton Hall (1979–present) 0
Syracuse (1979–2013)[a 3] 0
USF (2005–2013)[a 1] 0
Virginia Tech (2000–2004)[a 4] 0
West Virginia (1995–2012)[a 6] 0
Xavier (2013–present) 0
  1. Following the split of the original Big East, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida, and UConn all remained in the football-sponsoring portion that became the American Athletic Conference.
  2. UConn is scheduled to join the current Big East in 2020.
  3. Notre Dame, Pitt, and Syracuse all left for the Atlantic Coast Conference after the 2012–13 season.
  4. Miami and Virginia Tech left for the ACC in 2004.
  5. Boston College left for the ACC in 2005.
  6. West Virginia left for the Big 12 Conference in 2012.

See also

References

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  7. "Skylar Diggins Named BIG EAST Player Of The Year". 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
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