NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Big East Conference today announced the 2014-15 women's basketball All-Conference teams and major award winners. Villanova was well represented with four Wildcats earning Big East accolades.
Junior guard Caroline Coyer (Oak Hill, Va.) garnered first team All-Conference honors, while senior center Emily Leer (Glenside, Pa.) was a second team honoree and freshman guard Alex Louin (Doylestown, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Freshmen Team. Senior forward Taylor Holeman (Los Angeles, Calif.) was named the league's Sixth Woman of the Year.
Coyer becomes the 12th Wildcat in program history to garner first team All-Big East honors. All total, there have been 16 first team All-Conference selections in the history of the program. Coyer leads Villanova in scoring (13.6 ppg.), assists (131), steals (42) and minutes played (35.2 mpg.) and she is second on the team in rebounding with a 5.2 rebounds per game average. She has 22 double figure scoring games this year, including seven games scoring 20 points or more. In the latest Big East statistics, Coyer is first in assist to turnover ratio (2.6:1), fifth in assists (4.4 apg.), fifth in three-point field goals made (2.2 per game), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.368) and 12th in scoring (13.6 ppg.).
After missing the first eight games due to a back injury, Leer has returned to bolster the Villanova attack in a big way. In the 22 games she has played in this year, Leer is 102-of-204 from the field (.500) and 41-of-98 from three-point range (.418). She is averaging 12.3 points per game which ranks second on the team. Her best performance of the season came in a win over No. 24 DePaul on Jan. 2, when she had 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Leer has scored in double figures in 16 of the 22 games she has played in this season, including in 13 of the last 16.
Louin has played in all 30 games during her rookie campaign and is averaging 5.8 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per contest and is shooting .401 from the field (53-of-132) and .412 from three-point range (26-of-63). Louin's best effort of the season came in a win over North Carolina State when she scored 20 points and connected on six three-point field goals.
Holeman becomes the third Wildcat and second in as many seasons to win the Big East Sixth Woman of the Year Award. Caroline Coyer won the award last season, while Laura Sweeney earned the honor in 2009-10. Holeman currently leads the Wildcats in rebounding at 5.8 caroms per game and she is third on the team in scoring at 7.8 points per game. Holeman has scored in double figures in nine games this year, including a career-high 25 points at Seton Hall. She also has five double digit rebound games to her credit this season.
Villanova is the No. 3 seed in this week's Big East Tournament. The Wildcats will open up play in the conference tournament on Sunday, March 8, against the No. 6 seed Butler Bulldogs. Tip-off at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., is set for 9:30 p.m. eastern time.