The BIG EAST released its annual end-of-season awards on Thursday, as sophomore guard Leilani Correa earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team.
Correa becomes the 18th Johnnie in program history to earn a spot on the league’s top team and the eighth to do so during the Joe Tartamella era. A year after snagging the conference’s Sixth Woman of the Year award, Correa continued to turn heads in the BIG EAST, racking up six conference weekly accolades, including Player of the Week recognition on Feb. 1.
Correa, who was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team as season ago, led the Red Storm in scoring this year, averaging 18.0 points per game, good enough to rank fifth overall in the league. During conference action, The Manchester, N.J., native was one of the biggest offensive threats, averaging 17.5 points per outing against BIG EAST foes. The sophomore guard has reached double figures 15 times over the 2020-21 campaign, leading the Red Storm in scoring on eight different occasions.
Known for her ability to score, Correa cracked the 30-point plateau a BIG EAST-best five times this season. Correa is the only player in program history to record 30 or more points a combined eight times over her young career and the first player to do so since the realignment of the BIG EAST. Earlier this year, the second-year Johnnie set another program-record with three-straight 30-point efforts, including back-to-back 33-point performances against Top-25 teams.
The 6-0 guard notched a new career-best for points during the regular season, registering a BIG EAST single-game high 35 points on two different occasions. Correa’s pair of 35-point efforts is the fourth-highest single game total in program history. With 35 points, Correa became the first Red Storm player to eclipse that mark since Tawana Jackson put up 36 against Boston College on Feb. 1, 1995.
In addition to her scoring prowess, Correa leads the Johnnies and ranks ninth overall in the league for steals at 1.9 per game. The sophomore guard also sits third on the squad in rebounding, pulling down 5.3 boards per contest. Correa’s 75.9 free-throw percentage is ninth best in the BIG EAST entering postseason play.
Correa and the Red Storm will open up the BIG EAST Tournament on Friday, facing off against Xavier in the opening round at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tip-off is slated for 11 a.m. on BEDN (FloSports).
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