March 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Philadelphia Big Five today announced the 2013-14 first team and second team honorees, as well as the league's major award winners. Three Wildcats earned Big Five recognition, including senior guard Devon Kane (Springfield, Pa.) who was a first team selection, along with junior center Emily Leer (Glenside, Pa.) and sophomore guard Caroline Coyer (Oak Hill, Va.) who were named to the second team.
Kane led the Wildcats this past season in scoring (13.0 ppg.), assists (142), steals (38) and minutes played (32.8 mpg.). In 32 games in 2013-14, she led Villanova in scoring on 11 occasions and scored double figures in points in 24 of the 32 contests. Her best effort of the season came against Marquette on March 4 when she scored a career-high 23 points. In Villanova's first round WNIT win over Quinnipiac, Kane became the 24th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She finished her Wildcat career with 1,030 points and 362 assists which ranks 12th in program history.
Leer started all 32 games and averaged 9.2 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per contest to go with a team-high 29 blocked shots. She shot 44.4 percent from the field (112-of-252) and finished second on the team in three-point field goals made with 49. Leer recorded four 20-point games this season, including a career-high 28 against Georgetown on Feb. 23.
Coyer tallied 18 double figure scoring games this year and finished second on the Wildcat team in three statistical categories, including scoring (10.2 ppg.), assists (115) and steals (37). She also ranked third in rebounding at 4.3 rebounds per contest. Coyer led the Big East Conference and ranked second nationally in assist to turnover ratio at 3.8 to 1 (115 assists/30 turnovers).
These three Wildcats will be honored as part of the annual Big Five postseason banquet to be held on April 14 at The Palestra. Tickets for the banquet are $50 and can be purchased by contacting Steve Crider at email@example.com.