Campbell, Grays Named All-BIG EAST First Team
Feb. 28, 2018
NEW YORK – BIG EAST women’s basketball regular-season honors continued to roll out on Wednesday with the announcement that DePaul sophomore Kelly Campbell and junior Mart’e Grays have been selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team. A total of 20 different student-athletes were recognized across First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention and All-Freshman Team chosen by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
In addition, DePaul senior Lauren Prochaska was honored with the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award. For Campbell and Grays, this was their first time making the All-BIG EAST First Team and Grays’ first conference postseason accolade. Campbell was named to the All-Freshman Team last season.
For Prochaska, this was the first BIG EAST postseason award of her career as she becomes the fifth Blue Demon in program history to win the Sportsmanship Award.
Prochaska is the consummate role player, seeing action in all 30 games and earning four starts. She ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in assists (3.1) and third in assist-turnover ratio (2.5). She is enrolled in the College of Health Sciences and boasts the top grade-point average on the squad while earning BIG EAST All-Academic Team honors in each of her first three seasons.
The steady point guard is also active in the community, engaging in service projects such as the DemonTHON charity dance marathon, Misericordia children’s home Candy Days, Seton Soup Kitchen and motivational talks to elementary school students. Prochaska is the fifth DePaul player to earn the Sportsmanship Award.
BIG EAST Player of the Year Allazia Blockton was the lone unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team as the Marquette junior guard continued her sweep of conference awards. Blockton won the BIG EAST scoring title after finishing league play with a 19.2 average to go along with 55 percent shooting and five double-doubles. She led Marquette to a share of its first BIG EAST regular-season title and earned a pair of BIG EAST Player of the Week certificates, one of just two players to repeat this year. This is Blockton’s second All-BIG EAST First Team honor.
Fellow BIG EAST regular-season champion DePaul placed two on the All-BIG EAST First Team. Campbell is the lone player in the BIG EAST this season to register a triple-double and is one the most complete players in the league, averaging a double-double (10.3 points, 10.3 rebounds) while leading the BIG EAST in assists (6.2) and assist-turnover ratio (4.0).
Grays rebounded after missing all of last season with an injury by finishing BIG EAST play with the sixth-best scoring average (15.2), while her overall mark (14.4) leads the high-scoring Blue Demon offense. Both Campbell and Grays earned BIG EAST Player of the Week certificates this season.
Butler junior forward/center Tori Schickel represented the Bulldogs on the All-BIG EAST First Team after finishing conference play third in scoring (16.4), fifth in rebounding (8.6) and first in blocks (1.3). She enters the postseason with 10 double-doubles and 12 double-digit rebounding performances.
Georgetown junior guard Dionna White is one of the top two-way players in the BIG EAST, finishing as the No. 2 scorer (19.1) and league leader in steals (2.7). Schickel and White both earned second-team honors as sophomores in 2016-17.
Creighton placed two on the All-BIG EAST Second Team – sophomore forward Jaylyn Agnew and junior forward Audrey Faber. Agnew finished 10th in scoring in the BIG EAST with her 12.9 average tops among sophomores. Faber followed in 11th at 12.8 per game, while Agnew grabbed a team-best 6.5 rebounds over 28 total games.
Marquette junior forward Erika Davenport was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team for the second straight year after averaging 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in league action.
St. John’s senior forward Maya Singleton rounded out the All-BIG EAST Second Team after averaging a double-double in league games of 10.4 points and a BIG EAST-best 10.8 rebounds. The senior has 17 double-digit rebounding games this year to go along with 16 double-doubles.
Five different schools were represented by All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention certificates, including Butler redshirt-junior guard Whitney Jennings, Creighton senior guard Sydney Lamberty, Georgetown senior forward Cynthia Petke, Marquette junior guard Amani Wilborn and Villanova sophomore forward Mary Gedaka.
Creighton’s Temi Carda, Providence’s Chanell Williams and St. John’s Qadashah Hoppie, the 2018 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, and Tiana England were unanimously selected to the All-Freshman Team. Xavier’s Aaliyah Dunham rounded out the all-rookie team honorees.
In addition to Blockton’s Player of the Year Award, fourth-year Marquette coach Carolyn Kieger was voted BIG EAST Co-Coach of the Year for the first time. Kieger shared the honor with Villanova’s Harry Perretta, who earned the certificate for the fourth time. Qadashah Hoppie of St. John’s was voted BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Georgetown earned a pair of honors as junior guard Dionna White was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and senior forward Cynthia Petke was tabbed Most Improved. Villanova sophomore forward Mary Gedaka was the unanimous choice for the Sixth-Woman Award.
Kieger led Marquette to its first BIG EAST regular-season title since joining the league in 2005-06, and its first back-to-back 20-win campaigns since 2006-08. The Golden Eagles finished BIG EAST play 15-3 for their most wins in BIG EAST history, and show a 21-8 overall record, entering the postseason on a six-game winning streak.
In his 40th season on the sidelines at Villanova, Perretta led the Wildcats to their sixth consecutive 20-win season as they enter the postseason with a 22-7 overall record and finished BIG EAST play 12-6. Over 29 games, Villanova boasts the top defensive scoring average in the conference, holding opponents to just 59.2 points per game, limiting 19 foes to 60 points or less and seven to 50 or less.
Hoppie finished BIG EAST play as the top-scoring rookie, averaging 11.1 points per game to rank second on St. John’s. The four-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week led the Red Storm in scoring eight times this season despite coming off the bench in 18 of 29 games. She enters the postseason with a 10.8 overall scoring average. Hoppie is the third BIG EAST Freshman of the Year out of St. John’s, joining Da’Shena Stevens (2009) and Ann Mari McNamee (1983).
White leads a stingy Georgetown defense with the top steals average in the BIG EAST, both overall (2.9) and in conference play (2.7). Her 81 total steals this season rank 19th nationally, while her career average of 2.92 steals per game is seventh best in Division I. White also finished second in the BIG EAST in scoring (19.1) to be one of the top two-way players in the league.
Petke averaged 4.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2016-17 before bumping her numbers to 13.4 points, 10.4 rebounds in 2017-18. Petke’s 17 double-doubles this season rank ninth nationally while her 20 double-digit rebounding performances are tops in the BIG EAST. She was named BIG EAST Player of the Week twice this season, helping the Hoyas to wins over three of the top-four teams in the conference standings, including both co-champions. Petke is Georgetown’s first Most Improved Award recipient.
Gedaka has come off the bench in all but one game this season for Villanova but ranks second in the squad in scoring at 11.6 per game, including 12.4 in 18 BIG EAST contests. She’s led the Wildcats in scoring seven times this season, including 21 points in Sunday’s win over Creighton to clinch the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. The sophomore forward boasts the top shooting clip in the conference, both overall (.603) and in league play (.583). Gedaka was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll four times this year. She becomes the fifth Sixth-Woman Award recipient out of Villanova. Gedaka was the lone unanimously selected major award winner this season.
Blockton was named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, becoming just the seventh player in Conference history to earn Scholar-Athlete and Player of the Year accolades in the same season. Previous dual-winners include Connecticut’s Maya Moore, Jennifer Rizzotti, Rebecca Lobo and Notre Dame’s Ruth Riley. DePaul’s Brooke Schulte and Brittany Hrynko achieved the feat in 2017 and 2015, respectively.
BIG EAST Player of the Year
BIG EAST Co-Coaches of the Year
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
BIG EAST Most Improved Player
BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award
BIG EAST Sixth-Woman Award
All-BIG EAST Second Team
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
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