Player of the Year: guard Paige Bueckers, UConn
First year student of the year: guard Azzi Fudd, UConn
2021: 28-2 (18-0 Grand Est)
After returning to the Big East in 2020-2021 and going through the competition to the tune of an 18-0 conference record, No.2 UConn will look to continue his dominance in the Big East and the NCAA. The Huskies return all five of last year’s Final Four starters and will be led by second-year point guard Paige Bueckers, who became the first freshman to win the AP Player of the Year award. in 2020. Bueckers will be joined by top freshman Azzi Fudd. as they seek their second straight Big East title and compete for their twelfth national championship.
2021: 14-10 (11-5 Grand Est)
The Blue Demons had one of the best offensives in the country last year, finishing eighth overall in points per game at 81.5, and will look to replicate that elite score with the return of all five starters. Leading the powerful offense is senior guard Sonya Morris, a unanimous All-Big East first-team selection after averaging 18.5 points per game last year. While it might take a bit of luck to overtake UConn in the regular season, DePaul has the best chance of catching fire in the Big East tournament and dethroning the Huskies en route to the Blue Demons’ sixth potential title since 2014.
2021: 14-7 (12-5 Grand Est)
The Pirates were the only program with three players in Big East’s first team last season, but with the transfer of star forward Desiree Elmore to Rhode Island, more responsibility will fall on guard graduate Andra Espinoza-Hunter (18 , 6 PPG) and the junior forward. Lauren Park-Lane (17.5 PPG). Park-Lane exploded last year, winning Big East’s Most Improved Player title, but with the loss of Elmore and others, it will be a difficult task for the Pirates to improve on third place in the last season.
2021: 19-7 (14-4 Grand Est)
Unfortunately for Marquette, they lost two of their three top scorers on the second-place team last year with guard Selena Lott at the WNBA and junior forward Camryn Taylor transferred to Virginia. Despite those losses, the Golden Eagles hope to qualify for their fifth straight NCAA tournament. They bolstered their roster with outstanding transfers, including red-shirted second-year forward Kennedi Myles (Illinois) and graduated All-Big Ten first team goaltender Karissa McLaughlin (Purdue). With McLaughlin and graduate forward Lauren Van Kleunen, Marquette should have enough to secure his fifth consecutive invitation to March Madness.
2021: 17-7 (9-5 Grand Est)
Last year, Villanova was a surprise arrival under the guidance of first-year coach Denise Dillon, securing an invitation to the national women’s invitational tournament. For the Wildcats to improve their results from last season and enter the tournament, they will need to rely on junior forward Maddy Siegrist, who led the Big East a year ago (22.8 PPG) and was one of the two Big East players alone averaged over 20 per game (along with Bueckers). Villanova probably can’t compete with UConn, but they should be able to repeat a semi-final appearance of the Big East tournament.
2021: 8-15 (4-12 Grand Est)
St. John’s highlight last season was second-year (now junior) guard Leilani Correa, who averaged 17.6 points per game en route to an All-Big East first-team selection. The Red Storm, however, failed to capitalize on Correa’s scoreline, reaching a 4-12 Big East record. On the bright side, St John’s will return with four starters (including Correa) and add two key transfers – graduated striker Danielle Patterson (Indiana) and senior striker Danielle Cosgrove (Notre Dame) – who should strengthen their roster for a possible eventuality. surprise race in the great tournament of the East.
2021: 10-12 (6-7 Grand Est)
The Bluejays were able to wreak havoc on the Big East Tournament last year with their upset against third-seeded Seton Hall Pirates, but after an uninspiring 6-7 Big East record, Creighton is unlikely to be in. competition for a seed in the conference. However, they will once again host second-year forward Emma Ronsiek, who finished second on the team in scoring in her debut season (11.6 PPG). Ronsiek will look to build on his selection from the All-Freshman squad and lead the Bluejays into the Big East tournament where they can maybe repeat a Cinderella performance with an upset or two.
2021: 7-14 (4-10 Grand Est)
Providence will use this season as a transition year with a completely overhauled roster and eight new players, including two transfers and six freshmen. Thankfully, one of their new signings, forward Emily Archibald, is a two-time promising Gatorade Player of the Year for her home state of Maine. It will be up to head coach Jim Crowley to figure out the rotations with so many new bodies in the locker room, but if he can build around double-double machine Mary Baskerville (19 points, 11 rebounds per 40 minutes), the Friars have a puncher chance to climb the Big East leaderboard.
2021: 2-15 (2-14 Grand Est)
Continuity will be key for the Hoyas this year. After a delayed start to last season – in which Georgetown only played one non-conference game due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the Hoyas were never able to find their rhythm. This year, they will once again welcome all but two of the players, including first-year guard (now second-year) Kelsey Ransom, and add a few transfers and freshmen to the roster. While Georgetown couldn’t beat its low expectations last year by finishing with a 2-15 record, a little bit of stability and roster depth could make them slightly better in 2021.
2021: 5-10 (2-8 Grand Est)
Xavier’s Musketeers were also hampered by COVID-19 last season, when they were only able to play 10 conference games (dropping 2-8). During the offseason, the program underwent a massive overhaul, adding seven new players, including three freshmen. The best case scenario for the Musketeers is that their second and third top scorers from last year, red-shirted second-year guard Nia Clark and junior guard Kae Satterfield, respectively, are able to make jumps in their game. It depends. of head coach Melanie Moore’s success in building a solid rotation, but it feels like a year of development for Xavier.
2021: 3-17 (3-15 Grand Est)
In the 2020-21 season, Butler was dominated by an average margin of 19.3 points per game. Suffice to say that the Bulldogs have not had their best year. To make matters worse, Butler will need to replace three of their starters from last season. As second-best scorer and graduate guard Genesis Parker returns and the team earns transfers, graduate forward Celena Taborn (Furman) and rookie guard Kendall Wingler (Eastern Kentucky) in red shirts, the lack of consistent scoring from this team dooms her down the conference for the foreseeable future.
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