Maya Moore Breaks BIG EAST Record With Eighth Freshman of the Week Selection



    STORRS, Conn. (February 18, 2008) – University of Connecticut women's basketball freshman Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the period ending Feb. 17, conference officials announced Monday afternoon.

    The honor marks a BIG EAST record eighth this season for Moore, passing former UConn standout Rebecca Lobo (1991-92) for the most freshman of the week honors by a player in BIG EAST Conference history.

    This week's selection marks the fifth time in the past six weeks in which Moore has earned the honor.  She led the Huskies with a team-best 19.5 points while leading UConn to 2-0 record last week that included a home win over Georgetown and a convincing 22-point win at No. 18/18 Pittsburgh.  She also added 6.0 rebounds over the two victories.

    For the week, Moore shot .654 (17-of-26) from the field last week and extended her UConn record streak of double-figure scoring efforts to start a career to 25 consecutive games.

    The 25-game streak is the longest consecutive double-figure scoring streak of any kind by a UConn player since Diana Taurasi went double-digits for a 31-game stretch that spanned portions of the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

    She opened the week with a 25-point effort vs. Georgetown on Feb. 12 while shooting 10-of-15 from the field.  She followed that with a 14-point performance at Pittsburgh on Feb. 17, while playing only 21 minutes.

    Moore already ranks fourth among UConn all-time freshman scoring leaders at 438 points and has been named to the Midseason Watch Lists for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards, each of which recognize the National Player of the Year.

    Women's Basketball Returns to No. 1 in Associated Press Poll

    The UConn women's basketball team returned to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Poll, which was released on Monday, Feb. 18, for the second time this season.

    The Huskies return to the top spot after a one-week absence after holding the No. 1 ranking for seven straight weeks.

    Connecticut received 1230 points and 38 first-place votes.  North Carolina checked in at No. 2 with 1,167 points and two first-place votes.  Tennessee rounded out the top-three with a single first-place vote and 1,106 points.

    Rutgers, the lone team to defeat UConn this season was slotted at No. 5, but received eight first-place votes - the second most of any team.

    The week's No. 1 ranking marks the ninth time in which the Huskies have earned the top ranking nationally in the program's history.  Connecticut has now been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for a total of 102 weeks in the program's history.