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 for||the most outstanding female basketball player in the Big East Conference|
|Currently held by||Natisha 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.
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.
|†||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|
|1982–83||Debbie Beckford||St. John's||Senior|
|1985–86||Shelly Pennefather (2)||Villanova||Junior|
|1986–87||Shelly Pennefather* (3)||Villanova||Senior|
|1989–90||Kerry Bascom (2)||UConn||Junior|
|1990–91||Kerry Bascom (3)||UConn||Senior|
|1994–95||Rebecca Lobo* (2)||UConn||Senior|
|2000–01||Ruth Riley*||Notre Dame||Senior|
|2003–04||Diana Taurasi* (2)||UConn||Senior|
|2004–05||Jacqueline Batteast||Notre Dame||Senior|
|2008–09||Maya Moore* (2)||UConn||Sophomore|
|2010–11||Maya Moore* (3)||UConn||Senior|
|2011–12||Skylar Diggins||Notre Dame||Junior|
|2012–13||Skylar Diggins (2)||Notre Dame||Senior|
Winners by school
|School (years in conference)||Winners||Years|
|UConn (1979–2013, 2020–future)||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)||4||2001, 2005, 2012, 2013|
|DePaul (2005–present)||3||2015, 2016, 2017|
|Marquette (2005–present)||2||2018, 2019|
|St. John's (1979–present)||1||1983|
|Boston College (1979–2005)||0||—|
|Seton Hall (1979–present)||0||—|
|Virginia Tech (2000–2004)||0||—|
|West Virginia (1995–2012)||0||—|
- 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.
- UConn is scheduled to join the current Big East in 2020.
- Notre Dame, Pitt, and Syracuse all left for the Atlantic Coast Conference after the 2012–13 season.
- Miami and Virginia Tech left for the ACC in 2004.
- Boston College left for the ACC in 2005.
- West Virginia left for the Big 12 Conference in 2012.
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- "BIG EAST Announces Women's Basketball Major Awards" (Press release). Big East Conference. February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
- "Big East Announces Women's Basketball Regular-Season Awards" (Press release). Big East Conference. March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.