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The All-American’s Charles & Moore

The All-American’s Charles & Moore

UConn’s Tina Charles, Maya Moore are unanimous All-American selections

By JIM FULLER, Journal Register News Service

DAYTON, Ohio — The national awards season for women’s basketball kicked off Tuesday, and UConn senior center Tina Charles and junior forward Maya Moore were named to The Associated Press All-America team.

Charles and Moore were the only two unanimous selections. The two are the frontrunners for the national player of the year awards. It is the third straight first-team nod for Moore and first for Charles.

Charles and Moore led the Huskies’ in scoring, both averaging 18.3 points, heading into Tuesday’s regional final of the NCAA tournament against Florida State. Charles was the rebounding leader (9.3 average), with Moore second (8.2).

“Coming to a program like (UConn) when you have all those resources, you definitely try to soak everything in and make the best out of it,” Charles said.

She certainly seems to have accomplished her goal as she is the Huskies’ career leader in points and rebounds. Moore is sixth in scoring and fifth in rebounds.

Moore joins Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris, Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw and Duke’s Alana Beard as the only three-time AP first-team All-Americans. If Moore makes the squad next season, she will join Paris as the only four-time selection.

It is the fourth time two UConn players were named to the first team. Moore and Renee Montgomery were honored last season, Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph in 2000, and Jen Rizzotti and Kara Wolters in 1996.

Charles and Moore were joined by Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin, Virginia’s Monica Wright and Jantel Lavender of Ohio State. Nneka Ogwumike and Jayne Appel of Stanford were voted to the second team along with Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley, Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Alysha Clark of Middle Tennessee State.

Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson, Duke’s Jasmine Thomas, Victoria Dunlap of Kentucky, Xavier’s Amber Harris and former UConn recruit Elena Delle Donne of Delaware were third-team picks.

UConn senior forward/guard Kalana Greene was among 31 players to receive honorable mention.

Charles, Moore and Greene are candidates to be named to the State Farm Coaches’ All-America team. That 10-player squad will be announced Saturday along with the Wade Trophy winner.

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Charles, Moore lead U.S. pool additions

Associated Press

NEW YORK — The U.S. women’s basketball national team is starting to look like a Connecticut alumni group.

UConn stars Tina Charles and Maya Moore were among 12 players added to the national team pool on Wednesday. Joining them were UConn alums Swin Cash, Asjha Jones and Renee Montgomery. Olympic gold medalists Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird were already part of the national pool, totaling seven of 20 players with Connecticut ties.

“I would be lying if I said that playing for coach [Geno] Auriemma doesn’t help me in terms of what is expected,” Montgomery said. “In the same sense, I do not feel that playing for him will help me make the team.”

Alana Beard, Shameka Christon, Candice Dupree, Lindsey Harding, Angel McCoughtry, Lindsay Whalen and Candice Wiggins also were added to the group.

The 12 players and the eight returning 2008 Olympic gold medalists will be among those chosen for the 12-member 2010 World Championship team and the 2012 Olympic team. All the players added took part in a fall training camp in Washington, D.C.

“The first group is obviously so experienced and so used to winning, having been in the Olympics and having won a gold medal,” said Geno Auriemma, the U.S. basketball coach. “This next group represents an opportunity for us, not only to continue to build a stronger USA national team for this coming World Championship and beyond, but it will help us identify who that next core group may be going forward.”

Three players from camp left off the pool were Jayne Appel, Ebony Hoffman and Crystal Langhorne.

The U.S. women, who have won four straight Olympic gold medals, will have their first chance to qualify for the 2012 London Games at the world championships in the Czech Republic in September. The winner will receive an automatic spot in 2012.

The Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 world championships and were forced to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.


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