INTERVIEW WITH GENO AURIEMMA
INTERVIEW WITH MAYA MOORE
INTERVIEW WITH BRIA HARTLEY
HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut senior Maya Moore was unanimously selected as the 2011 BIG EAST Player of the Year, becoming the third player in league history to win the award three times. Moore also earns the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete award and the BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Teammate Bria Hartley earns BIG EAST Freshman of the Year award and Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma was chosen as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
Moore is one of the most decorated women's basketball players in the nation as her collegiate career draws to a close. She is the leading scorer in the conference after helping her team to their fifth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title and was selected as a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team member, as well as a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award and Wade Trophy.
An individualized major with a 3.70 grade-point average, she was named the 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and the 2010 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was also honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2008-09.
Moore's 22.1 points per game leads the conference and she is also the league leader in assist-to-turnover ratio. She is third in the league in rebounding with 7.7 per game. Winning the Player of the Week award a record eight times this season, she has led her team to two National Championships and has lost only three games in her career. As a rookie, she earned the league's Freshman of the Year award as well as the Player of the Year award, becoming the first person - male or female -- to accomplish that feat.
This year marks the third time in her four years that Moore takes home Player of the Year honors, joining Connecticut's Kerry Bascom (1989, 1990, 1991) and Villanova's Shelly Pennefather (1985, 1986, 1987) as the only three-time winners of the award. Moore is a two-time Wade Trophy winner and the 2010 final four Most Outstanding Player. She holds her school's scoring record with 2,871 points, ranking among the career rebounding leaders as well with 1,198. She is the 17th student-athlete from Connecticut to earn BIG EAST Player of the Year honors.
Hartley, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, is the 12th player from her school to earn the honor and first since the 2007-08 season. She was a six-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honoree and recorded 20 double-digit games this season. She recorded her seasonhigh of 29 points against Notre Dame and had a 24-point effort against Louisville. Hartley started all but four games this season and was third on the team and 18th in the conference with 12.7 points per game.
Auriemma, in his 26th season, earns the BIG EAST Coach of the Year award for the fourth-straight year and the 10th time overall. His team, which posted a 29-1 record this season, including a 16-0 mark in BI G EAST play, earned its 19th outright regular-season title in 2010-11 and went undefeated in league play for the ninth time. The team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in both national polls and held a 90-game winning streak, during which the team won by an average of 33.4 points per game and went 31-0 against ranked teams.