Northwestern’s Burton named 2022 WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year

ATLANTA (March 28, 2022) — Veronica Burton of Northwestern University is the 2022 WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

The Defensive Player of the Year award honors the best defensive women's basketball player in all of NCAA Division I. All conference defensive players of the year in NCAA Division I are considered for the award. If a conference does not select a defensive player of the year, the conference office can nominate one player to be considered.

“Veronica Burton played an incredibly valuable role for her team on the defensive end of the floor this season. Veronica is a fantastic student-athlete who has demonstrated determination, intensity, effort and teamwork at the highest level,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Veronica has been a consistent defensive force for her team and has earned the highest respect from opposing coaches and players. We celebrate Veronica and appreciate her contribution to her team as well as to the game of women’s basketball.”

The WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year award began in 2007.

Visit to see a list of past recipients.

About the WBCA
For 40 years, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association has been the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. Founded in 1981, the WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit for more details about the association.

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