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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.

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  • 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.

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