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Northwestern’s Veronica Burton Named WBCA Defensive Player of the Year

During her time at Northwestern, Burton has been a force on the defensive end.

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The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Monday morning that Northwestern’s Veronica Burton won Defensive Player of the Year. Burton is the first Big Ten Conference student-athlete to win this award.

During her time at Northwestern, Burton has been a force on the defensive end, resulting in three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards. She was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the second consecutive year in 2021-22. Additionally, Burton is a finalist for the Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year award, the Nancy Lieberman Award (country’s top point guard), and the Dawn Staley Award (country’s top guard).

In 2021-22, she led the nation in steals (4.03 per game) while averaging career-highs of 17.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Veronica Burton recently announced her intentions of entering the 2022 WNBA Draft. Regarded as a first-round selection, ESPN projects her to go 11th overall to the Las Vegas Aces.

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