Maya Moore has won the ninth BIG EAST Player of the Week honor of her career.
Jan. 17, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior forward Maya Moore has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and rookie guard Bria Hartley has been honored as the BIG EAST Freshman of the week as announced by the league on Monday. Moore earns the award for the fifth time this season and the ninth time in her career. Hartley earns the award for the fourth time this season.
Moore averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game while shooting 59.9 percent from the floor during a 2-0 week. Moore started the week off with a 21-point, six-rebound, eight-assist effort in the Huskies' 84-52 defeat of No. RV/22 St. John's on Jan. 12. She followed that with a 26-point, six-rebound, four-steal performance in a 78-55 victory over Louisville on Jan. 15.
Moore, who was recently named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-20 List, buried seven of the eight attempts she took from the free throw line. As the nation's active scoring leader, Moore moved into 35th place on the NCAA all-time scoring list and scored at least 20 points for the 12th time this season.
Hartley averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc last week. She scored eight points in only 19-minutes of action in UConn's 84-52 victory at No. RV/22 St. John's on Jan. 12, grabbing five rebounds.
She followed that up with a 24-point, eight-rebound, three-assist effort in 40-minutes of action in the Huskies' 78-55 victory over Louisville on Saturday. The 24 points and eight rebounds were both career-highs. That career-high total came on 10-of-16 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from long-range. Hartley has recorded double-digit points in all but three games this season.
The No. 2 Huskies are set to take on No. 11 North Carolina tonight at 7 p.m. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2.