AP honors UConn stars

The Associated PressMarch 31, 2010 

This is now an annual rite of spring for Maya Moore, who is fast joining some of the greatest players in women's college basketball.

The Connecticut junior was honored as an All-American by The Associated Press on Tuesday, the third straight year she has made the team.

She was joined on the squad by teammate Tina Charles, Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin, Virginia's Monica Wright and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender.

The second team consisted of Oklahoma State senior Andrea Riley, Stanford senior Jayne Appel and sophomore Nnemka Ogwumike, Middle Tennessee State senior Alysha Clark and Baylor freshman Brittney Griner.

The third team was Oklahoma junior Danielle Robinson, Duke junior Jasmine Thomas, Kentucky junior Victoria Dunlap, Delaware freshman Elena Delle Donne and Xavier junior Amber Harris.

Moore is the fourth three-time AP All-American. The others are Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke's Alana Beard and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris.

"To be in that same category is surreal," said Moore, who next season can match Paris as the only four time All-American. "I definitely looked up to Chamique Holdsclaw and Alana Beard. I remember thinking how great those women were growing up as a little kid watching the Final Fours."

This marks the second straight season the unbeaten Huskies had two first-team All-Americans.

Moore and Charles have helped UConn to an NCAA-record 76 straight wins.

Both received 200 points and were unanimous choices among the 40-member national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25. Voting was done before the NCAA tournament.

Wright became the first Virginia player to make the first team. Assistant coach Wendy Palmer earned second-team honors her junior and senior year. Dawn Staley most likely would have been an All-American, but played before the first All-America team in 1995.

"This is a tremendous honor and I can honestly breathe a sigh of satisfaction knowing that four years of hard work has paid off," Wright said. "To be mentioned in the same breath as some of the all-time great players at Virginia is wonderful."

Wright finished her career with a school-record 2,540 points, averaging 23.7 points her senior year. She joined Staley as the only players in school history to amass 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 350 steals and 300 assists.

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