- Notre Dame (28-1, 16-0) – The Irish wrapped up their second straight regular-season conference title with Monday’s triple OT win over UConn. They’ve won 23 straight and have the best backcourt tandem in America – Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride
2. UConn (27-3, 14-2) – With the exception of two losses to Notre Dame and one to Baylor, another great season for the seven-time national champion. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson have had All-American seasons and Kelly Faris is the complete player
3. Syracuse (11-5, 23-6) – The Big East will miss the sartorial splendor of Orange coach Quentin Hillsman. The program is headed to the ACC. And the ACC should be prepared to deal with one of the best young teams in the nation, although one that will be missing top senior center Kayla Alexander.
4. Louisville (23-7, 11-5) – Jeff Walz likes to talk to officials and doesn’t like wearing ties and sports coats. But he loves coaching intense basketball and his Cardinals exemplify that commitment. In Shoni Schimmel, the Cardinals have one of the best perimeter scorers in the conference.
5). St. John’s (17-11, 11-5) – There was question how the Red Storm would adapt after Coach Kim Barnes-Arico left for Michigan. Well, they did fine for Joe Tartamella, particularly against UConn, who beat them by only six. Shenneika Smith is the real deal.
6). Villanova (20-9, 9-7) – It was a good season for the venerable Harry Perretta, his 35th with the Wildcats. They beat Syracuse on the road in triple overtime last Saturday. Laura Sweeney continued her stellar career as one of the conference’s top scorers and rebounders.
7). DePaul (20-10, 9-7) – Doug Bruno’s team dealt with many injuries this season, primarily to guard Anna Martin, the conference’s leading scorer last season. But in guard Brittany Hrynko and center Katherine Harry, the Blue Demons have one of the most consistent high-low combinations in the league.
8). South Florida (20-9, 9-7) – The Bulls have relied most on their transition game and scoring, led by twins Andrea and Andrell Smith. Inga Orekhova can shoot three-pointers with anyone. As a result, the Bulls are likely headed to the NCAAs for the first time since 2005-06.
9). Rutgers (16-13, 7-9) – A very difficult season for the Scarlet Knights, accentuated by no scorers in the Top 30 and criticism that’s begun to fall on Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer. Unless Rutgers can win the tournament, it appears they will not play in the NCAA Tournament.
10). Marquette (15-14, 7-9) – Terri Mitchell’s teams play hard and are fundamentally sound, but this season began with the difficult task of drawing UConn as one of its home-and-away partners. That didn’t work out very well. Still, Sarina Simmons and Katharine Plouffe are solid players.
11). Georgetown (14-15, 5-11) – Senior guard Sugar Rodgers has been one of the top scorers in the Big East since she arrived. And it’s likely she will be one of the top 10 players taken in April’s WNBA Draft. But it wasn’t enough to keep. The Hoyas only win since February started was against Pittsburgh.
12). Seton Hall (10-19, 5-11) – Anne Donovan, coach of a WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist, arrived three years ago to rebuild the program. After winning just two games conference games in two years, she more than doubled it, with wins over St. John’s and Rutgers. Now she leaves for the Connecticut Sun.
13). Cincinnati (12-17, 4-12) – Former UConn assistant Jamelle Elliott has relied on guard Dayeesha Hollins this season. And the redshirt junior has done all she can to help the Bearcats, whose season was highlighted by a win over Rutgers on senior day March 2. They’ve won three of their last four games.
14). Providence (7-22, 2-14) – Despite the bright facelift for Almuni Hall, it’s been another long year for the Friars and rookie coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl. Sophomore Tori Rule showed promise, but the Friars won just one of their last 11 games – and that was against Pittsburgh.
15). Pittsburgh (9-20, 0-16) – The Panthers head to the ACC next season with the distinction of just completing consecutive winless conference campaigns. Pittsburgh hasn’t won a Big East game since the 2011 conference tournament. And that’s really put a strain on veteran coach Agnus Berenato.