March 5, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The BIG EAST Conference released its 2014 post-season award winners and All-BIG EAST selections for women's basketball on Wednesday, March 5. Providence College junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich) was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, while point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was one of four unanimous selections on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.
Harris, heads into the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship averaging 14.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steal per game for the Friars, and is leading the team in field goal percentage (0.472, 161-341). Harris ranks second in the league in double-doubles with 12, and is one of four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30+ point games. She also has reached double figures in the scoring column 23 times, including each of the last six games.
Additionally, Harris' 248 rebounds this season rank 13th all-time for a single-season in program history, and is the third-highest single-season rebounding total in the last 20 years.
Harris notched a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell in the Friars' season opener on Nov. 9 and hit the 30-point mark for a second time against Seton Hall on Jan. 25. In all, Harris recorded five, 20+ point games, including four during BIG EAST regular-season play.
Beal started 28 games for the Friars in her rookie campaign and is currently averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists this season is tied for third-most by a freshman in program history, and is tied for the most assists in a single-season in the last 17 years by a Friar. She is one of 10 players in the BIG EAST to dish 100+ assists in 2013-14, and currently ranks fifth overall among league players in assists per game (4.7 apg).
Beal has recorded 21 double-digit scoring games, including four, 20+ point games. She scored a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21, and recorded her first career double-double against Butler on Jan. 28 with 13 points and 13 assists. Her 13 assists mark the highest single-game total by a BIG EAST player this season, and was one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman (14). Beal has dished 5+ assists in 13 games overall.
The Friars begin play at the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship on Saturday, March 8. Providence enters the tournament as the No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 seed Seton Hall at 4:00 p.m. (CT) / 5:00 p.m. (ET) at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. The winner of Saturday's match-up will face No. 2 seed St. John's in the quarterfinals on March 9.
BIG EAST Coach of the Year - Doug Bruno, DePaul
BIG EAST Player of the Year - Marissa Janning, Creighton
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
- GO FRIARS! -