Junior point guard Sarah Miles garnered the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the conference's all-second team. Junior guard Liz Repella was named to the all-Big East first team, junior guard/forward Korinne Campbell garnered all-Big East honorable mention accolades and center Asya Bussie earned unanimous all-Big East freshman team honors.
Miles, a San Antonio native, is the first West Virginia player to grab the Big East Defensive Player of the Year award, with WVU becoming just the sixth team to have a player earn the honor in the 14-year history of the award. It is the fifth major award given to a Mountaineer since WVU joined the league in 1995-96. Miles led the BIG EAST in steals (84) and assists (182) during the regular season.
Repella, a Steubenville, Ohio, native, becomes the third Mountaineer in school history to be named to the all-BIG EAST first team joining Meg Bulger (2005) and Olayinka Sanni (2007, 2008). Repella led the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per contest. She also tallied seven 20-point games on the year.
Campbell, a Princeton, N.J., native, earned honorable mention honors after finishing second on the team in scoring (11.3) and first in rebounding (7.6). She led the team with six double-doubles and was second on the team behind Repella with 21 double-figure scoring efforts.
Bussie, a Randallstown, Md., native, becomes the fifth Mountaineer named to the all-freshman team and first since Bulger in 2004. Bussie leads the Big East in blocks per game at 2.1 per contest and her 64 blocks marked the most by a Mountaineer in a single season since 1986. She is third on the team in scoring (10.5) and fourth in rebounding (5.6). She also led the squad with 92 offensive rebounds.
The Mountaineers (26-4, 13-3) have completed their season and earned a double-bye as a No. 2 seed in the Big East Championships that begin this weekend in Hartford, Conn., at the XL Center. WVU will play either No. 7 DePaul, No. 10 Marquette or No. 15 Villanova in the quarterfinals on Sunday, March 7, at 6 p.m. The contest will air on ESPNU with Justin Kutcher and former Mountaineer All-American MegBulger on the call.
The game will also be broadcast on MSN-affiliated radio stations with play-by-play announcer Travis Jones and color analyst Jay Jacobs on the call.
Live stats will be available at BigEast.org