Here’s a press release from the UConn Huskies Athletic Communications Department about Maya Moore being named the ESPN The Magazine Women’s Basketball Academic All-America of the Year.
STORRS, Conn. – University of Connecticut junior Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has been named as the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year for women’s basketball, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A first team Academic All-America® selection for the second year in a row, Moore is an Individualized major with a 3.70 GPA.
Moore is the third UConn women’s basketball player to earn multiple first team Academic All-America selections, joining Leigh Curl and Rebecca Lobo.
Moore also is the third UConn women’s basketball player to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year status joining Lobo (1995) and Jennifer Rizzotti (1996).
The second-leading scorer in the BIG EAST Conference with an 18.1 average this season, she has helped guide the Huskies to a perfect 27-0 start. Moore and the Huskies have compiled a 66-game winning streak – the second-longest in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history – only to Connecticut’s previous 70-game run which spanned from 2002-2003). The Huskies have won each of those 66 games by a minimum margin of 10 points – the longest-streak of double-digit wins in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.
The consensus National Player of the Year as a sophomore, Moore averaged a team high 19.3 points per game and led the Huskies to a perfect 39-0 record and the NCAA Division I national championship.
Only the second sophomore to win the Wade Trophy as the top player in the nation, the Lawrenceville, Ga. native scored a UConn single-season record 754 points last season while earning first team All-American honors from the Associated Press.
She scored her 1,000th career point faster than any other player in school history – taking just 55 games. She is currently less than 100 points of becoming the seventh player in Connecticut history to reach the 2,000-point barrier.
Moore is joined on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America ® Women’s Basketball University Division first team by senior Kelsey Luna of Indiana State, junior Erin Anthony of West Point, junior Angie Bjorklund of Tennessee and junior Liz Repella of West Virginia.
The five student-athletes selected to the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.85.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.