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

Tuesday.

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

choice.

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

moment.”

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

Thomas.

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

Diggins.

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

this report.