With the regular season concluding last night across the BIG EAST, the league announced individual award winners and teams on Wednesday. Sophomore Marissa Janning was named conference Player of the Year, while seniors McKenzie Fujan and Sarah Nelson made the second team.
Janning led the BIG EAST in scoring with 18.3 points per game and free throw percentage at 86.1 percent. She was second in the league with 76 3-pointers and finished eighth in assists with 3.8 per outing.
Her best performance came on February 5, against Georgetown, when she scored 38 points. Only eight players eclipsed the 30-point mark, and just four players – Janning – included did it more than once. The sophomore dropped 34 points at Providence on January 11.
Janning wasn't the only Bluejay to almost drop 40 this season. Fujan had a 38 against conference champion DePaul on January 4. Her 378 points during her final season on the hilltop was good for third on the team, and the senior finished second with 46 3-pointers.
Nelson anchored the team in the post, leading in rebounding at 7.8 per game. The senior recorded 34 blocked shots, while averaging 12.7 points a game. During her four-year tenure with the white and blue, the Omaha Westside alumnus finished close to the top of the record books in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. She set the school record for blocks in a career with 153 on Senior Night.
BIG EAST Player of the Year: Marissa Janning, Creighton
BIG EAST Coach of the Year: Doug Bruno, DePaul
BIG EAST Sixth-Man Award: Caroline Coyer, Villanova
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year: Liz Stratman, Butler
BIG EAST Most Improved Player: Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall
BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award: Eugeneia McPherson, St. John's
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year: Natalie Butler, Georgetown^
All-BIG EAST First Team
Marissa Janning, Creighton^
Brittany Hrynko DePaul^
Jasmine Penny, DePaul^
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette^
Aliyyah Handford, St. John's^
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall
Devon Kane, Villanova
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Daress McClung, Butler
McKenzie Fujan, Creighton
Sarah Nelson, Creighton
Natalie Butler, Georgetown
Andrea White, Georgetown
Alexis Harris, Providence
Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Megan Rogowski, DePaul
Liz Stratman, Butler
Amber Thompson, St. John's
BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
Jessica January, DePaul^
Natalie Butler, Georgetown^
Faith Woodard, Georgetown^
Sarah Beal, Providence^
Jade Walker, St. John's
Sidney Cook, Seton Hall
Maddison Blackwell, Xavier
Janning, Fujan and Nelson Honored by Big East
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