Skylar Diggins is the BIG EAST preseason player of the year. (WSBT Photo)

Skylar Diggins is the BIG EAST preseason player of the year. (WSBT Photo)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Notre Dame, the 2010-11 NCAA Championship runner-up, was picked to win the 2011-12 BIG EAST women’s basketball regular-season title. The selection was made by the league’s 16 head coaches, who were not permitted to select their own teams. The Fighting Irish received nine first-place votes.
 
Notre Dame edged Connecticut, the 2010-11 regular season and BIG EAST Tournament champion, by three points. This year’s poll marks the first time since 2005 that the Huskies were not picked to finish first. Rutgers received 11 first-place votes that year for the top spot.
 
 
 
Notre Dame will be led by Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year Skylar Diggins, who averaged 15.0 ppg, 4.8 apg and 4.0 rpg in 2010-11. Diggins is joined by two Preseason All-BIG EAST selections, senior guard Natalie Novosel (15.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 spg) and senior forward Devereaux Peters (11.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.7 bpg). 
Louisville was chosen third, followed by Rutgers and Georgetown in the fourth and fifth spots. DePaul was selected to finish sixth, St. John’s seventh and Syracuse eighth. West Virginia was picked ninth and USF rounded out the top 10. The Bulls were followed by Marquette, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Providence, Cincinnati and Seton Hall.