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Five Villanovans get Big 5 Honors

The Philadelphia Big 5 released their end-of-season awards on Tuesday afternoon and five Villanovans were honored by the organization. The highest honor from the City Series went to women's basketball head coach, Harry Perretta, who was named Big 5 women's coach of the year. Junior forward Laura Sweeney joined him on the honors list, making the All-Big 5 first team, while freshman forward Lauren Burford made the second team and junior forward Emily Suhey was named to the All-Academic Team.

Perretta picked up his 600th win at Villanova earlier this season.

Maalik Wayns was the sole member of the men's program to be honored, making the first team and earning the best free-throw percentage award.

The men's coach of the year was Fran Dunphy while the player of the year was Penn's Zach Rosen. La Salle’s Earl Pettis was most improved player and Jerrell Wright was named the rookie of the year. The Temple Owls were picked as the team of the year.

The Big 5 women's player of the year was Shey Peddy.

All men's award recipients will receive their awards at the Herb Good Banquet on April 23, in Temple's Liacouras Center. Women's honorees will be recognized at the annual Big 5 Women’s Banquet to be held on April 25 at Drexelbrook.

Men’s Awards

Women’s Awards

BIG 5 FIRST TEAM

Zack Rosen (Penn)

Ramone Moore (Temple)

Maalik Wayns (Villanova)

Khaliff Wyatt (Temple)

Langston Galloway (Saint Joseph's)

BIG 5 FIRST TEAM

Shey Peddy (Temple)

Alyssa Baron (Pennsylvania)

Laura Sweeney (Villanova)

Brittany Wilson (La Salle)

Michelle Baker (Saint Joseph’s)

BIG 5 SECOND TEAM

Tyreek Duren (La Salle)

Ramon Galloway (La Salle)

Earl Pettis (La Salle)

Carl Jones (Saint Joseph's)

C.J. Aiken (Saint Joseph's)

Juan Fernandez (Temple)

BIG 5 SECOND TEAM

Victoria Macaulay (Temple)

Alexis Scott (La Salle)

Lauren Burford (Villanova)

Kelly Cavallo (Saint Joseph’s)

Kristen McCarthy (Temple)

ROBERT V. GEASEY AWARD (PLAYER OF THE YEAR): Zack Rosen (Penn)

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Earl Pettis (La Salle)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jerrell Wright (La Salle)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Fran Dunphy (Temple)

TEAM OF THE YEAR: Temple Owls

SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Zack Rosen (Penn)

BEST FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Maalik Wayns (Villanova)

SCORING CHAMPION: Zack Rosen (Penn)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shey Peddy (Temple)

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Victoria Macaulay (Temple)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kara Bonenberger (Pennsylvania)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Harry Perretta (Villanova)

SPORTMANSHIP AWARD: Jess Knapp (Pennsylvania)

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM:
Kristen McCarthy (Temple)

Jess Knapp (Pennsylvania)

Jess Koci (La Salle)

Emily Suhey (Villanova)

Shelby Smith (Saint Joseph’s)