Sophomore first UConn player to receive honor since Jen Rizzotti in 1996
STORRS, Conn. (February 24, 2009) - University of Connecticut women's basketball standout Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was named to the five-member 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America First Team, which was announced late Monday.
Moore is the first Connecticut women's basketball player to receive first-team Academic All-America status since Jennifer Rizzotti in 1996. Former men's basketball player Emeka Okafor was the last University of Connecticut student-athlete to be named to an ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team (2004 & 2003).
Moore's selection marks the sixth time a member of the UConn women's basketball program has earned first-team Academic All-America status and the ninth time a Connecticut player has been named to any of the Academic All-America squads (first, second or third team).
Moore, who boasts a 3.74 GPA, was the only sophomore named to the five-member first team.
Earlier this season Moore became the fastest UConn player to reach 1,000 career points, taking just 55 games. She currently leads the No. 1 ranked and undefeated (27-0) Huskies in scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounds (9.3).
Moore became the first freshman in BIG EAST Conference history (male or female) to be named as the conference's player of the year. She also was a unanimous All-America choice as a rookie and enters this postseason as one of the favorites for National Player of the Year.
Moore has scored double-figure points in 63 of 65 career games and boasts 25 career double-double efforts.
Joining Moore on the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America First Team are: Megan Frazee (Liberty/3.91 GPA), Paige Guffey (Murray State/3.97 GPA), Theresa Lisch (Saint Louis/3.95 GPA) and 2009 Academic All-America of the Year Amber Guffey (Murray State/3.97 GPA).
To be eligible for the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America Team, 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 programs inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.