UConn’s Maya Moore leads AP All-America team again
Make it a perfect 4 for 4 for Maya Moore.
The Connecticut star became only the second four-time
All-American when she was honored by The Associated Press on
She was joined on the team by Baylor’s Brittney Griner,
Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen, Texas A&M’s Danielle Adams and Ohio
State’s Jantel Lavender.
”It’s really special and something that I’m sure I will really
appreciate more when I look back on it years from now,” said
Moore, who along with former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris are the
only four-time recipients. ”I’ve been blessed to have had really
good teammates to play with over my career.”
Although Moore played down the achievement, her coach Geno
Auriemma had plenty of praise for his star.
”You take the points she’s scored, rebounds, steals, you add it
all up, you would be hard pressed to find somebody who’s had a
better career than that at Connecticut or anywhere else for that
matter,” Auriemma said.
Moore received 195 points and was a unanimous choice by the
39-member national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25.
Voting was done before the NCAA tournament.
It’s the third straight year that Moore was a unanimous
Griner, a second-team All-American last season, helped Baylor
win the Big 12 championship for the first time in six years. The
6-foot-8 sensational sophomore changes the game on both ends of the
floor with her ability to alter shots and to finish on offense.
”Coach always tells me when I realize how good I am it will be
something special, and I don’t think that I’ve really recognized
how good I am or can be,” Griner said.
Lavender earned All-American honors for the second straight
year. The Ohio State center put up huge numbers all season long for
the Buckeyes, who had a roller-coaster year. Ohio State won its
third straight Big Ten tournament championship before falling to
Tennessee in the regional semifinals.
”We went through some struggles this season, and I think that
helped me stay focused and become an even better leader for my
team,” said Lavender, whose team lost 4 of 5 games in the middle
of the regular season.
Adams became the first Texas A&M player to make the first
team. She has helped guide the Aggies to their first 30-win season
and second trip to the regional finals.
”It was a goal for me at the beginning of the season to make
the All-American team,” she said. ”I’ve worked so hard for it,
and I’m so happy and honored that I made the team. Putting that
hard work in all offseason and this season just to prepare for this
The 6-1 senior forward came to Texas A&M after spending two
years at a junior college.
”They provided me with the opportunity, and I’m thankful for
it,” she said. ”It’s a big honor for me and A&M.”
Pohlen helped guide Stanford back to the Final Four for the
fourth consecutive year. She had a career-high 31 points to lead
the Cardinal to their victory over Connecticut that snapped the
Huskies’ record 90-game winning streak.
”Oh wow,” said Pohlen, who was also the Pac-10 player of the
year. ”That is such an honor; I can’t put it into words. I can
only really thank my coaches and teammates for that. They have
confidence in me.”
The second team consisted of Oklahoma senior Danielle Robinson,
Xavier senior Amber Harris, Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot,
Stanford junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Duke senior Jasmine
The third team was: Tennessee junior Shekinna Stricklen, Miami
junior Shenise Johnson, Kentucky senior Victoria Dunlap, Xavier
senior Ta’Shia Phillips and Notre Dame sophomore Skylar
The preseason All-America team was Moore, Griner, Lavender,
Ogwumike and Robinson.
AP Sports Writers Kristie Rieken and Stephen Hawkins in Dallas
and Associated Press Writer Nicholas K. Geranios contributed to