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Men’s and Women’s Basketball Team Take Home Big 5 Honors

 

-Dispatch/Sports Page Magazine

-Dispatch/Sports Page Magazine

Earlier today, the Big 5 announced the Men’s and Women’s All-Big 5 teams. It resulted in a number of Wildcats receiving honors. For the men’s team, James Bell and JayVaughn Pinkston headlined the All-Big 5 team. For the women’s team, Devon Kane led the way for the Wildcats.

Bell was named Big 5 Player of the Year, Big 5 Most Improved Player of the Year and was given First Team All-Big 5 honors. He was the captain and top scorer of a Villanova squad that included a Big East outright regular season title and the most wins during the regular season in program history. He averaged 14.4 points per game and tied for a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. Bell was also named to the First Team All-Big East.

Pinkston was also given First Team All-Big 5 honors. He shot 52.1% on the floor for the season. He was the third highest scorer on the team with 14.1 points per game. His 6.1 rebounds per game were tied for a team-high average in rebounds.

Ryan Arcidiacono and Darrun Hilliard also scooped up Big 5 honors, being named Second Team All-Big 5. Arcidiacono had a number of clutch shots for the Wildcats this season. He finished the year averaging 9.9 points per game and a team-high 3.5 assists per game. Hilliard had a great season. He shot 41.4% from long range, and averaged 14.3 points per game. Jay Wright was named Big 5 Coach of the Year.

For the women’s team, senior guard and captain Devon Kane received the Big 5 spotlight. She was named to the First Team All-Big 5. Kane comes from some strong Villanova family roots. Her father and uncle played sports at Villanova. She had a team high 13.0 points per game and 4.4 assists per game. She eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark in the NIT game against Quinnipiac. Kane also showed great defensive prowess, leading the team in steals. She scored double digits in 75% of the games this season (24 out of 32 games).

Emily Leer and Caroline Coyer picked up Second Team All-Big 5 honors. Leer, a junior center, averaged 9.2 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. Coyer was second on the team with 10.2 points per game and 3.6 assists per game.

Men’s Big 5 Awards:

First Team All-Big 5:
James Bell (Villanova) Sr., G/F
Tyreek Duren (La Salle) Sr., G
Langston Galloway (St. Joseph’s) Sr., G
JayVaughn Pinkston (Villanova) Sr., F
Halil Kanacevic (St. Joseph’s) Sr., F/C

Second Team All-Big 5:
Will Cummings (Temple) Jr., G
Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova) So., G
Darrun Hilliard (Villanova) So., G
Dalton Pepper (Temple) Sr., G
Ronald Roberts Jr. (St. Joseph’s) Sr., F

Player of the Year:
James Bell (Villanova) Sr., G/F

Rookie of the Year:
DeAndre Bembry (St. Joseph’s) Fr., F

Coach of the Year:
Jay Wright (Villanova)

Big 5 Champion:
Villanova Wildcats (4-0)

Most Improved Player:
James Bell (Villanova) Sr., G/F

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Jimmy McDonnell (Temple) Jr., F

Leading Scorer:
Langston Galloway (St. Joseph’s) Sr., G

Leading Free Throw Scorer:
Dalton Pepper (Temple) Sr., G

Women’s Big 5 Awards:

First Team All-Big 5:

Alyssa Baron (Penn) Sr., G
Natasha Cloud (Saint Joseph’s) Jr., G
Alicia Cropper (La Salle) Jr., G
Devon Kane (Villanova) Sr., G
Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s) Sr., G

Second Team All-Big 5:

Kara Bonenberger (Penn) Jr., F
Caroline Coyer (Villanova) So., G
Sarah Fairbanks (Saint Joseph’s) So., F
Feyonda Fitzgerald (Temple) Fr., G
Emily Leer (Villanova) Jr., C

Player of the Year:
Alyssa Baron (Penn) Sr., G

Rookie of the Year:
Sydney Stipanovich (Penn) Fr., C

Coach of the Year:
Mike McLaughlin (Penn)

Big 5 Champion:
St. Joseph’s Hawks (4-0)

Most Improved Player:
Sarah Fairbanks (Saint Joseph’s) So., F

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s) Sr., G

Leading Scorer:
Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s) Sr., G

Leading Free Throw Shooter:
Erin Shields (Saint Joseph’s) Sr., G

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Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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