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Big East Award for Moore

Big East Award for Moore

Connecticut Forward Maya Moore Named BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year |

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Connecticut forward Maya Moore, a two-time all-America selection for the nation’s top-ranked team, has been chosen the 2009-10 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference’s Academic Affairs Committee.

A junior from Lawrenceville, Ga., Moore will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. She is the fifth Connecticut player to earn the honor.

Moore is the most decorated active women’s basketball player in the nation as she completes her junior season. She was the consensus 2008-09 national player of the year after winning the Wade Trophy, the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy, while earning top individual honors from the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association. She has been the BIG EAST Player of the Year in each of her first two seasons, was named a team captain as a sophomore, while setting Connecticut’s single-season scoring record last year (754 points) as part of the Huskies’ undefeated NCAA championship run.

As a junior, Moore enters the 2010 BIG EAST Championship Presented by New York Life Insurance Company as the leading scorer in the conference after helping the Huskies to their fourth straight BIG EAST regular-season title. As an individualized major with a 3.70 grade-point average, she was named the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year in women’s basketball and has been chosen to the Academic All-America first team in each of her two eligible seasons. Moore’s community service efforts include frequent visits to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as well as participation in a telethon to raise funds for patient care.

The BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference during the 2009-10 academic year. In addition, 32 student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST’s 16 member institutions) will receive postgraduate scholarships as the winners of their respective institutions’ Scholar-Athlete Award. The conference also names a BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The winners of the institutional, basketball and football awards are then eligible for the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which provides an additional postgraduate scholarship to one male and one female student-athlete.

Photo Courtesy of: Associated Press

Connecticut’s Maya Moore, in above photo, accepts the Big East women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from Associate Commissioner Danielle Donehew in Hartford, Conn., Friday, March 5, 2010.

Courtesy: BIG EAST Conference Release: 03/05/2010

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