Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today UConn 4-time All-American Maya Moore has won the 2011 Honda Sports Award in basketball, designating her as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete in the sport for the second straight year. The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic eligibility to become a “Top Three’’ finalist for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which signifies the Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year. She edged fellow nominees Brittney Griner of Baylor, Amber Harris of Xavier and Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford in voting done by 1,000 NCAA member schools. Moore and Harris are now teammates with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. Moore is seeking to repeat as the Honda-Broderick Cup winner, which would make her just the second individual to twice be recognized as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Former Florida swimmer Tracy Caulkins won the award in 1982 and 1984.

Monday, April 11, 2011

And with the 1st pick in 2011 WNBA Draft the Minnesota Lynx select...

Maya Moore from the University of Connecticut

Friday, April 08, 2011

Tonight UConn Sr. All-American Maya Moore officially became the consensus National Player of the Year for 2010-11 as she was named the winner of the 2011 John R. Wooden Award for women's college basketball's player of the year. She won the award as a sophomore in 2009. Former UConn teammate Tina Charles won the award last season (2010).

Monday, April 04, 2011

Today UConn Sr. All-American Maya Moore was named the 2010-11 Naismith Player of the Year for women's college basketball. She becomes the first player in the history of the Naismith Trophy to winner the award twice as a high school athlete (2006 and 2007) and twice as a college athlete (2009 and 2011). Former UConn teammate Tina Charles won the award last season (2010).

Sunday, April 03, 2011

1-seed (1/1) Connecticut Huskies (36-2, 19-0 BE)

Results: Notre Dame 72, Connecticut 63
Player of the Game: So. G Skylar Diggins (28p, 4r, 6a, 2s, 39m)
Def. Player of the Game: Sr. W Maya Moore (6dr, 4s, 1b, 40m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. G Bria Hartley (10p, 1r, 3a, 1s, 40m)
Stat of the Game: Pts. in the Paint: UConn 24, Notre Dame 40

Summary: Over. Just like that. Notre Dame's Natalie Novosel was Robin to Notre Dame's All-American Skylar Diggins's Batman while UConn's Sr. All-American Maya Moore flew solo tonight as the consensus National Player of the Year led UConn with 36pts., but didn't receive any help from her teammates are her illustrious 4-year UConn career came to a close tonight as Notre Dame defeated UConn 72-63. The returning players will have all summer to sit on this loss and I hope it boils their blood. If tonight wasn't the toughest loss in UConn history then it's sitting right up there in 2nd. Next year wasn't going to be easy without the services of Maya Moore anyway, but now the challenge has been sent. It's time for the surrounding parts of the Moore era to take ownship and decide tonight they are ready for that challenge. There is no more Moore to lean on and players like Tiffany Hayes and Kelly Faris must decide they WANT to lead this team back to the Final 4 and take the championship. Titles aren't handed to anyone and that was shown tonight. Maya Moore's career may be over, but her legacy at UConn and in WCBB will live on forever. You are a truly a unique, special, outstanding, and amazing young women. Thank you, Maya for everything. Thank you for an awesome 4 years. Thank you!
Today UConn Sr. All-American Maya Moore was named the recipient of the Elite 88 award for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The Elite 88, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. It is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships. Moore, majoring in sports media and promotion, currently carries a 3.669 GPA. The four-time All-American forward was presented with the award Sunday evening during the Women's Final Four at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Game notes (pdf) for today's NCAA Final 4 game vs. 2-seed (10/7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (30-7).

Event: 2011 NCAA Tournament
Location: Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)
Time: 9:55pm (ET)
Internet: ESPN3
Radio: UConn Radio Network/WTIC
Live Stats: GameTracker

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Today UConn's Sr. Maya Moore was also named the 2010-11 Associated Press Women's National Player of the Year while her head coach Geno Auriemma was named the 2010-11 Associated Press Women's National Co-Coach of the Year. Moore received 37 out of the 39 possible votes and has now won the award for the 2nd time in her career. Auriemma, who shared the award with Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and Miami's Katie Meier as each received 10 votes, has taken home AP Coach of the Year honors seven times, including three times in the last four years.

2010-11 AP Women's National Player of the Year:
Sr. W Maya Moore, Connecticut

2010-11 AP Women's National Co-Coaches of the Year:
Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
Katie Meier, Miami
Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
The best senior in her class...shocking!!!

Today UConn Sr. All-American Maya Moore also took home the 2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as the most outstanding senior in the Class of 2011. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Moore was recently honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America as the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. She is involved with Athletes in Action and has attended numerous leadership conferences through the organization. She is also a gifted musician. Moore has been involved with the Children’s Hospital, helping with a teleconference to raise money for sick children as well as visiting children several times. She also volunteered at head coach Geno Auriemma’s charity golf tournament and has helped the Salvation Army.

2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner:
Sr. W Maya Moore, Connecticut

2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS teams:
First Team:
Sr. F Erin Anthony, Army
Sr. G Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee
Sr. W Maya Moore, Connecticut
Sr. W Kayla Pedersen, Stanford
Sr. G Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma

Second Team:
Sr. G Dawn Evans, James Madison
Sr. F Amber Harris, Xavier
Sr. G Sam Quigley, DePaul
Sr. G Liz Repella, West Virginia
Sr. G Jasmine Thomas, Duke

Without question the "Most Decorated"...

Today UConn Sr. Maya Moore became the most decorated player in the history of NCAA basketball (men's or women's for that matter) as she was named the winner of the prestigious 2011 State Farm Wade Trophy which is the highest honor in women's college basketball for the (record) third time. Moore has posted a 150-3 record at UConn. She has led the Huskies to an NCAA-record 90-game winning streak, four BIG EAST Championships and four NCAA Women's Final Four appearances. Sunday night her team continues its quest for a third national championship in a row, and eighth overall. While averaging 23.4ppg this season (19.7 points per game in her collegiate career), Moore became the Huskies' all-time leading scorer earlier this season and is only the seventh player in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to score at least 3,000 career points. She is one of only two players to be selected as a First Team All-American four times. She won the BIG EAST Player of the Year Award three times and was voted as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament in 2010. Equally impressive is Moore's performance in the classroom. She recently was named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Capital One University Division All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second-consecutive year. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native who sports a 3.7 GPA in an individualized major of sports media promotion, is a three-time Academic All-America pick.

2011 State Farm Wade Trophy Winner:
Sr. W Maya Moore, Connecticut

The 2011 State Farm All-America Team was also announced today and Moore became the first player in UConn history to be named to the team all four year's of her career.

2011 State Farm All-America Team:
Sr. F Danielle Adams, Texas A&M
Jr. G Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
So. C Brittney Griner, Baylor
Sr. F Amber Harris, Xavier
Jr. G Shenise Johnson, Miami
Sr. C Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
Sr. W Maya Moore, Connecticut
Jr. F Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Jr. W Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
Sr. G Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga