NEW YORK, N.Y. — A pair of former BIG EAST women’s basketball stars have captured two WNBA awards as UConn’s Maya Moore was named WNBA Rookie of the Year and Rutgers’ Kia Vaughn was tabbed WNBA Most Improved Player.
Moore topped all rookies in points (13.2 ppg), minutes (28.0 mpg) and steals (1.4 spg). She was second overall amongst rookies in rebounds (4.6 rpg) and third in assists (2.7 apg). The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft finished the season winning two out of the three WNBA Rookie of the Month honors. Moore becomes the third straight BIG EAST player to win WNBA Rookie of the Year honors, joining Tina Charles (2010) and Angel McCoughtry (2009). Moore also was named a western conference All-Star starter.
In her second WNBA season, Vaughn started all 34 games for the New York Liberty, recording career highs in points (10.1 ppg), rebounds (6.7 rpg), steals (1.2 spg), and assists (1.1 apg). Vaughn also shot career highs from the field (.497) and the free throw line (.786). She posted four points/rebounds double-doubles, and had a 10-game streak of double-digit scoring (June 30-July30). Vaughn led the Liberty in rebounds 12 times and in scoring on three occasions.