By Phil Caskey for MSNsportsNET.com
March 4, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four members of the nationally ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team garnered all-BIG EAST honors, the league announced today.
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.
"It’s great for Sarah to be the Defensive Player of the Year, it’s great for her to get that honor," coach Mike Carey said. "Liz was first team, Sarah was second team, Korinne Campbell was honorable mention and Asya Bussie was all-freshman team, I thought we were well-represented and I’m proud of all of them.
"It says a lot about how hard they’ve worked all year and the respect our program is getting now within the BIG EAST, it’s great."
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 Bulger 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 www.bigeast.org.