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Villanova Earns Honors at Big Five Banquet
Laura Sweeney

April 29, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA. - The Philadelphia Big Five held its annual postseason awards banquet on Monday, April 29, at The Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to receiving the 2012-13 Big Five championship team trophy, two Wildcats earned individual honors. Senior forward Laura Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as garnering first team All-Big Five honors and senior guard Rachel Roberts (Marlborough, Conn.) claimed a spot on the second team.

Villanova went 4-0 in Big Five play for the second straight year to capture the City Series title for the second consecutive season and third time in the last four years. The Wildcats have now won 14 Big Five titles, including 10 with a perfect 4-0 mark. Villanova has won nine consecutive Big Five games and owns an all-time mark of 100-35 in City Series action. The 100 victories are the most by any Philadelphia Big Five women's program.

Rachel Roberts

Sweeney helped lead Villanova this past season to a 21-11 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The senior forward led Villanova in five statistical categories, including scoring (14.0 ppg.), rebounding (6.8 rpg.), field goal percentage (.523), steals (72) and blocks (59). She started all 31 games she played in and tallied four 20-point games, 26 double figure scoring efforts and eight double-doubles. For her Wildcat career, Sweeney posted double figure scoring games in 87 of 124 contests. She also had 17 career double-doubles and 15 career 20-point scoring performances. Her best scoring effort of the 2012-13 season came at Syracuse on March 2, when she tallied a career-high 29 points in a 77-75 triple overtime win. She finished her Wildcat career ranking sixth all-time in program history in scoring with 1,550 points and fifth in rebounding with 802 caroms.

Roberts started all 32 games in 2012-13 leading the team in minutes played (29.4 mpg.) and three-point field goals made (63) and ranking second in scoring (10.8 ppg.) and assists (74).