Seton Hall women's basketball graduate student Andra Espinoza-Hunter and junior Lauren Park-Lane were named to the Preseason All-Big East Team on Tuesday during the conference's annual media day at Madison Square Garden.
In what is expected to be a big season for Seton Hall, led by head coach Anthony Bozzella, Espinoza-Hunter and Park-Lane are expected to play major roles. The Pirates were selected third in the Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll.
After spending some time at Connecticut and Mississippi State, Espinoza-Hunter joined the Pirates and made an immediate impact last season. Espinoza-Hunter led the Pirates with 18.6 points per game, which ranked fourth in the Big East Conference, and averaged 6.1 rebounds. After the 2020-21 season, she was named to the All-Big East First Team and All-Met First Team. Espinoza-Hunter's 3.1 made three-pointer per game led the conference.
Last season, Bozzella and the Pirates saw tremendous improvement in Park-Lane. After averaging 6.7 points as a freshman, she improved her scoring to 17.5 points per game last season and was named Big East Most Improved Player. Park-Lane became a reliable and consistent scorer for the Pirates as she scored in double-figures in 17 of 19 games last season.
BIG EAST Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year
Paige Bueckers, Connecticut, So., G*
BIG EAST Women's Basketball Preseason Freshman of the Year
Azzi Fudd, Connecticut, Fr., G*
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Christyn Williams, UConn, Sr., G*
Olivia Nelson-Ododa, UConn, Sr., F
Aailyah Edwards, UConn, So., F
Sonya Morris, DePaul, Sr., G*
Lexi Held, DePaul, Sr., G
Lauren Van Kleunen, Marquette, Grad., F
Leilani Correa, St. John's, Jr., G*
Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Seton Hall, Grad., G/F
Lauren Park-Lane, Seton Hall, Jr., G*
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova, Jr., F*
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