Maya Moore’s career at UConn has been reduced to only a few days at best. She will ascend to the next level not only as the most decorated player in team history, but as one of the most decorated in the history of the sport.
Moore became just the second player in history Tuesday to be named a first team All-American by The Associated Press four times. Former Oklahoma star center Courtney Paris is the only other player to achieve such status.
“It’s really special and something that I’m sure I will really appreciate more when I look back on it years from now,’’ Moore said. “I’ve been blessed to have had really good teammates to play with over my career.’’
Moore, who was a unanimous selection for an AP record third straight year, was joined on the first team by sophomore Brittney Griner of Baylor and seniors Jantel Lavender of Ohio State, Jeanette Pohlen of Stanford and Danielle Adams of Texas A&M.
UConn junior Tiffany Hayes earned honorable mention honors.
Moore, who will lead the top-ranked Huskies against No. 6 Duke in the NCAA Philadelphia regional final tonight, is the all-time leading scorer in team history (2,972). She is also ranked second in made 3-pointers (304), third in rebounding (1,258), fourth in steals (299) and blocks (201) and sixth in assists (541, tie).
Moore is expected to sweep the national Player of the Year awards and is also the only women’s basketball player in Division I history to reach 2,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists, 250 steals and 150 blocked shots. She is averaging career-highs of 22.3 points, 4.1 assists, 2.2 steals and 32.8 minutes and is also averaging 8.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over the first 36 games this season.
“That’s pretty awesome,’’ sophomore Kelly Faris said. “And for her it’s going to be even that much more rewarding … Everybody always says like 10 years down the road. When you’re going through it it’s like, `Oh, that’s cool. It’s fun.’ So, for her, it’s awesome. She’s accomplished so much more than anybody would ever even imagine someone could accomplish. And she deserves it. She works her butt off. I’m really proud of her.’’