Tuesday, November 3, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Preseason or postseason, Maya Moore is making a habit of racking up honors.
The UConn junior and Collins Hill grad became just the seventh unanimous choice on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team Tuesday, garnering all 40 votes from a national media panel. It's the third straight year a player has been a unanimous choice in the preseason.
''It's a great honor to be mentioned with them,'' said Moore, who was one vote short of being an unanimous choice last preseason. ''I've been truly blessed to have such great teammates.''
Moore was joined on the preseason squad by teammate Tina Charles, Stanford's Jayne Appel, Ohio State's Jantel Lavender, and Virginia's Monica Wright. It was the fifth time two players from the same team made the All-America squad.
UConn also had two of the four other pairs of teammates on a preseason team -- Jen Rizzotti and Kara Wolters in 1995-96 and Shea Ralph and Svetlana Abrosimova in 2000-01.
Moore has already made the All-America team in her first two years and was the AP's player of the year last season. She averaged 19.3 points and 8.9 rebounds last season in helping UConn to a 39-0 record. The Huskies are a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason poll this year
Charles stepped up her game in the NCAA tournament, earning most outstanding player honors. The senior center is on pace to set the school career scoring record.
''Tina really has made huge strides in consistency over the last few months starting with the NCAA tournament and going through the summer playing with USA basketball,'' Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. ''She saw what she can do and now just needs to do it every game.''