Geno Auriemma shares AP honor

INDIANAPOLIS -- Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, Miami's Katie Meier and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer are co-recipients of The Associated Press' coach of the year award.

It's the first time that an AP award has been shared in any college sport.

Auriemma has now won the award seven times, including three of the past four seasons. It's the first AP honor for VanDerveer and Meier.

The three coaches each received 10 votes from the 39-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

Auriemma has the Huskies back in the Final Four for the fourth straight season, with a chance to win a third consecutive national championship.

VanDerveer's team ended UConn's record 90-game winning streak on Dec. 30 and went 33-2 on its way back to a fourth straight Final Four.

Meier helped guide Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title a season after finishing in last place the year before.