Local women's hoops starting tournaments
Villanova senior guard Devon Kane was named first-team all-Big East and sophomore guard Caroline Coyer was tabbed the conference's sixth man of the year.
The Wildcats are the fourth-seed in this weekend's conference tournament in Chicago. They will play fifth-seeded Marquette on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Villanova beat the Golden Eagles twice this season, including Tuesday when Kane scored a career-high 23 points.
Villanova is 22-7, and the prevailing thought is the Wildcats need to play well in Chicago to boost their NCAA resume.
A win over top-seeded DePaul in the potential semifinals would be huge. But first, they must beat Marquette for the third time.
Saint Joseph's junior guard Natasha Cloud was named the Atlantic 10 defensive player of the year. She was joined by teammate Erin Shields on the all-league second team.
The Hawks (21-8) came into the week with an RPI of 17. They open up A-10 tournament play today at 2:30 p.m. in Richmond, Va., against George Mason, which beat UMass last night, 85-75, in overtime.
La Salle's Alicia Cropper was name second-team all-A10 and Micahya Owens was named all-rookie. The Explorers (14-14) play Saint Louis today.
Temple (14-15) is the sixth seed in the AAC tournament. Drexel wrapped up its regular season last night.
Penn is the other women's team with a good shot at the NCAAs.
The Quakers (19-6 overall) are tied with Princeton for first place in the Ivy League standings at 9-2. Harvard (9-3) is a half-game back entering this final weekend of play.
Penn hosts Columbia (18-11) and Cornell (2-24) tomorrow and Saturday, respectively. They visit Princeton on Tuesday in what could be a virtual championship game for the Ivy League crown and an automatic bid to the NCAA dance.