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Publish date: Feb 25, 2011

UConn’s Moore heads women’s scholar-athlete team

Connecticut senior forward Maya Moore and senior guard Tori Hansen of West Liberty have been named Academic All-Americans of the Year for their respective divisions on the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Basketball teams.

The scholar-athlete squads are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Moore, the two-time Wade Trophy National Player of the Year for the No. 1-ranked Huskies, is a repeat selection as the Academic All-American of the Year in the university division, while Hansen earned the top spot in the college division.

An individualized major with a 3.7 grade-point average, Moore is the first university division women’s basketball player to repeat as Academic All-American of the Year.

Lindsey Dietz of Minnesota Duluth was named as the college division Academic All-American of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

For Moore, it is the third time that she has been named to the university division team. A repeat selection as a member of the first team, she was named to the second team as a sophomore. Named as the Most Outstanding Performer of the 2010 Women’s Final Four, Moore is the Big East Conference’s all-time scoring leader with 2,828 points in 144 career games. During her career, she has led UConn to a 141-3 record (through Feb. 23).

As a senior, she is averaging 23.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while guiding No. 1 UConn to a 27-1 record. She is the third-leading scorer in the nation.

Hansen is a mathematics education major with a 4.00 GPA. She is West Liberty’s all-time leading scorer with 2,170 points. The 10th player in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletics Conference history to score more than 2,000 career points, she became the Hilltoppers’ career rebounding leader on Feb. 21. She now has 868 career rebounds (as of Feb. 23).

The fifth-leading scorer in Division II, Hansen is averaging 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while leading the Hilltoppers to a 22-5 record.

The five members of the university division first team have an average GPA of 3.878. Joining Moore as first-team honorees are senior forward Erin Anthony of Army and senior guard Liz Repella of West Virginia – both named to the first team for the second straight season. Junior Amanda Johnson of Oregon, a second-team pick last year, joins senior Kathleen Barry of Columbia to complete the first team.

Seniors Angie Bjorklund of Tennessee, Danielle Robinson of Oklahoma, Kaihla Szunko of Central Michigan and Jasmine Thomas of Duke join junior Jacqui Kalin of Northern Iowa as members of the second team. Bjorklund was a first-team pick last year while Thomas earned third-team honors.

Hansen is one of two players on the college dvision first team with a GPA of 4.00 or better. Senior Lindsey Kentner of Charleston (West Virginia), a pre-med (biology) major, also has a 4.00 GPA. Seniors Whitney Ballinger of Campbellsville, Samantha Murphy of Grand Canyon and Kathryn Stockbower of Swarthmore complete the first team, which has a combined GPA of 3.938.

Seniors Jessilyn Conicelli of Biola and Melissa McQuade of Kutztown are joined on the second team by juniors Carol Cayo of Milwaukee Engineering, Erin Hollinger of Case Western Reserve and Kristen Kush of William Smith.