NEW YORK – The Big East Conference today announced the 2017-18 women’s basketball All-Conference teams and major award winners. Wildcat head coach Harry Perretta was named the league’s Co-Coach-Of-The-Year, senior guard Alex Louin (Doylestown, Pa.) earned second team All-Big East, while sophomore forward Mary Gedaka (Mullica Hill, N.J.) was the unanimous Sixth Woman of the Year, in addition to earning a spot on the Honorable Mention team.
“I have never looked at a Coach-of-the-Year award as an individual honor. This is a team award and is a direct reflection of the players and assistant coaches,” said Perretta. “I am very happy that Alex and Mary were honored for their play this season. They both had outstanding years and were very instrumental in helping us win 22 games. I thought we had a couple of other players who were deserving of All-Conference recognition as well, but with the league being so deep with talented players there were only so many spots available.”
In his 40th season as the Wildcat head coach, Perretta led Villanova to a sixth consecutive 20-win campaign with a 22-7 overall record and a 12-6 league mark which was good enough for a third place finish in the final standings. Perretta is currently 745-461 in his Villanova career and he ranks 13th on the winningest active Division 1 collegiate coaching list and 17th on the all-time Division I wins list. The 745 victories rank him as the all-time winningest coach in the history of Villanova basketball for both men and women.
Louin currently leads the team in three categories, including scoring at 11.9 points per game, rebounding at 6.7 per game and free throws made with 84. She is second in assists with 80. Louin has scored in double figures on 19 occasions this year, including two games of 20 points or more. She also leads the Wildcats in double-doubles with four. This marks the fourth straight year that Louin has garnered All-Big East honors after previously earning All-Freshman accolades in 2015 and Honorable Mention recognition in 2016 and 2017.
Gedaka has come off the bench in all but one game this year and currently ranks second on the team in both scoring at 11.6 points per game and rebounding at 5.1 rebounds per contest. She leads the Wildcats and Big East Conference in shooting percentage at .603 (142-of-234). Gedaka led the Wildcats in scoring seven times this year and tallied 18 double figure scoring games and three 20-point efforts. She becomes the fifth different Villanova player to win this award.
Winners of seven of its last nine, Villanova returns to the court on Sunday, March 4, in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament against Georgetown. Tip-off at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill., is set for 9:30 p.m. eastern time.