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UConn Sweeps Women’s Big East Awards

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Geno Auriemma, Maya Moore

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Maya Moore has led UConn to a clean sweep of the Big East awards.

Moore became the third player to win the conference’s player of the year three times. The senior averaged 23.4 points and 7.8 rebounds to help top-ranked Connecticut (29-1) to a 16-0 mark in the Big East this past season. Moore joined Villanova’s Shelly Pennefather and former UConn star Kerry Bascomb as the only three-time winners.

She also won the award as a freshman and sophomore. A UConn player has earned the honor in 11 of the past 17 seasons, including Tina Charles last season.

Coach Geno Auriemma claimed his fourth straight conference coach of the year honor and 10th overall. Even with the loss of Charles and Kalana Greene to the WNBA, the Hall of Fame coach was able to guide the Huskies to their ninth unbeaten Big East regular season while starting two freshmen and a sophomore.

One of those first-year players, Bria Hartley, earned freshman of the year honors. She’s the fourth UConn player to win that award in the past six seasons.

Moore also earned first-team All-Big East honors for the fourth straight season, and was joined on the first team by Tiffany Hayes.

Notre Dame had three players on the squad with Skylar Diggins, Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters. Novosel was the league’s most improved player while Peters earned defensive player of the year honors.

Keisha Hampton of DePaul, Sugar Rodgers of Georgetown, Monique Reid of Louisville, Angel Robinson of Marquette, Kayla Alexander of Syracuse and Liz Repella of West Virginia rounded out the first team. DePaul’s Taylor Pikes was the conference’s top performer off the bench.

The Huskies open Big East tournament play on Sunday in the quarterfinals.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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