NEW YORK (AP) - Former University of Connecticut women's basketball star Maya Moore has won the Honda-Broderick Cup for the second straight year as the top female college athlete.
The announcement was made Monday at Columbia University as Moore beat out fellow finalists Sheila Reid, a distance runner from Villanova, and Penn State volleyball player Blair Brown.
Moore, a native of Jefferson City, Missouri who grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, has been nominated for the Honda Sports Award for basketball all four years of her college career and won the honor last year. Notably, because she won the Honda-Broderick Cup last year, she is only the second athlete to be named as Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year twice. (Tracy Caulkins won in ‘82 and ‘84).
Moore is the fifth BIG EAST student-athlete to win the award and joins former Connecticut women’s basketball standouts Jennifer Rizzotti (1996) and Rebecca Lobo (1995) as honorees. Villanova track & field star Vicki Huber won the league’s first Broderick Cup in 1989.
Moore led the UConn team to four Final Four appearances, two national titles and a 150-4 record. She is the fourth-leading scorer in NCAA history, with 3,036 points. Honored as the Capital One University Division Academic All-American of the Year and BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011, Moore was also selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2009. A three-time WBCA Wade Trophy honoree and four-time WBCA State Farm First Team All-American, she won the Naismith Trophy, the Associated Press Player of the Year Award and the USBWA Player of the Year Award in 2009 and 2011. She was also the John R. Wooden Award honoree in 2009 and 2011.
Moore held a 3.669 GPA in sports media and promotion. She was the No. 1 draft pick for the WNBA this year and is currently playing with the Minnesota Lynx.