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Peters repeats as defensive player of the year

Notre Dame forward Devereaux Peters was named the Big East defensive player of the year for the second season in a row, and the Irish landed three players on the All-Big East first team, the conference announced Thursday.

Peters leads the Irish with 9.5 rebounds per game and has 52 blocks. The 6-foot-2 senior also has 62 steals for a defense that is ranked seventh in the nation, giving up 51.6 points per game.

Peters, who averages 12.2 points, was also named to the first team along with guards Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel.

Diggins, who averages 17.4 points, was one of two unanimous selections along with DePaul guard Anna Martin. Novosel averaged 15.1 points for the Irish, who had the most first-team selections.

The Big East will announce is player, coach, freshman and scholar-athlete of the year Friday after the second game of the conference tournament. Notre Dame, which won the regular-season title, is the tournament's No. 1 seed and open play in the quarterfinals Sunday in Hartford, Conn.

Big East Awards

Defensive Player of the Year

Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Sr., F

Sixth Man Award

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F

Most Improved Player

Jasmine Wynne, USF, Sr., G

Sportsmanship Award

Deanna Ortiz, DePaul, Sr., G

Da'Shena Stevens, St. John's, Sr., F

First Team

Bria Hartley, Connecticut, So., G

Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut, Sr., G

*Anna Martin, DePaul, Jr., G

Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Jr., G

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, So., G

*Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Jr., G

Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame, Sr., G

Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Sr., F

Khadijah Rushdan, Rutgers, R-Sr., G

Shenneika Smith, St. John's, Jr., G

Asya Bussie, West Virginia, Jr., C

Second Team

Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-So., G

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F

April Sykes, Rutgers, Sr., G/F

Nadirah McKenith, St. John's, Jr., G

Da'Shena Stevens, St. John's, Sr., F

Jasmine Crew, Seton Hall, Sr., G

Jasmine Wynne, USF, Sr., G

Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Jr., C

Iasia Hemingway, Syracuse, Sr., F

Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Jr., F

Honorable Mention

Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, So., C

Katherine Harry, DePaul, Jr., F

Tia Magee, Georgetown, Sr., F

Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, So., F

Monique Oliver, Rutgers, Jr., F/C

Christal Caldwell, West Virginia, R-So., G

All-Freshman Team

*Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F

Kiah Stokes, Connecticut, Fr., C

*Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Fr., G

*Bria Smith, Louisville, Fr., G

Arlesia Morse, Marquette, Fr., G

*Brianna Kiesel, Pittsburgh, Fr., G

Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, Fr., G/F

Amber Thompson, St. John's, Fr., F

Lauren Burford, Villanova, R-Fr., F

Linda Stepney, West Virginia, Fr., G

*Unanimous selection

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.