Maya Moore has proven throughout her career at Connecticut that she is in a class by herself.
On Tuesday, the UConn senior became the second player to be a two-time unanimous choice on the Associated Press’ women’s basketball preseason All-America team, receiving all 40 votes from a national media panel.
“Wow, that is really something special,” said Moore, who joined Duke’s Alana Beard in that select club. “It’s such an honor.”
Moore was joined on the preseason squad by Baylor’s Brittney Griner (36 votes), Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike (34), Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender (21) and Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson (18).
Moore has already made the postseason All-America team in her first three years and was the AP’s player of the year as a sophomore. She averaged 18.9 points and 8.3 rebounds last season in helping UConn to a second straight 39-0 record. The Huskies are again No. 1 in the preseason poll.
“I would be hard-pressed to find somebody who’s had a better career than that at Connecticut or anywhere else, for that matter,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.
Last season, Moore became the seventh unanimous choice, joining Courtney Paris, Chamique Holdsclaw, Diana Taurasi, Beard, Seimone Augustus and Candace Parker.