South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso named 2024 WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player fo the Year

CLEVELAND (April 3, 2024) — Kamilla Cardoso of the University of South Carolina is the 2024 WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year, announced today by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

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.

“Defense is about determination, intensity, effort and teamwork. Kamilla Cardoso is an outstanding student-athlete who embodies these characteristics at the highest level,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. “Kamilla has consistently presented a challenge to opposing coaches and players. We celebrate her contribution to her team and 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
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is 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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