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UConn's Maya Moore wins Honda-Broderick Cup again

University of Connecticut basketball player Maya Moore (pictured) won the Honda-Broderick Cup today, making her America's best female college athlete of 2011. She is the first to win the high honor two years in a row. Moore, who now plays for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, beat out other finalists Blair Brown, a Penn State volleyball player, and Sheila Reid, a cross country and track and field standout from Villanova.


Moore, a 6-foot forward from Lawrenceville, Ga., was the WNBA's first draft choice this year. She led UConn to four Final Four appearances, two national titles and a 150-4 record (including 90 consecutive victories) and this past season averaged about 23 points and 9 rebounds per game. She is the fourth-leading scorer in NCAA history, an academic All-American of the Year and Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Her grade-point average is 3.669 in sports media and promotion.

The selection of Moore, who is averaging about 14 points per game with the Lynx, was made today by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards board of directors at a ceremony at Columbia University in New York. The finalists were chosen from previously announced Honda Sports Award winners in 12 different NCAA-sanctioned sports.

Moore also won in 2010, sharing the Cup with Megan Hodge, a Penn State volleyball player. Florida swimmer Tracy Caulkins also won twice, in 1982 and 1984. Moore is the first athlete to win the Cup two straight years.

She had tough competition. Brown, from Purcellville, Va., led Penn State to its fourth NCAA championship title in a row as team captain, scoring 18 kills in the national title game. She is a three-time All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year and made the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. Brown had 521 kills in 2011 and graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in English and political science.

Villanova's Reid, from Newmarket, Ontario, in Canada, is the NCAA outdoor champ in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter races. She is the first woman ever to win both events in the same year. She also is the indoor national champion in the distance medley, is an All-American in the 3,000-meter event and finished 2011 as the Big East indoor titlist in the 1,000-meter, 4x800-meter relay and distance medley relay. She has a GPA of 3.408 with a major in English.

Other nominees were Kelsey Bruder of the University of Florida (softball), Melissa Henderson, Notre Dame (soccer); Kayla Hoffman, University of Alabama (gymnastics); Katinka Hosszu, University of Southern California (swimming and diving); Jana Juricova, University of California-Berkeley (tennis); Katie O'Donnell, University of Maryland (field hockey); Shannon Smith, Northwestern University (lacrosse); and Marta Silva Zamora, University of Georgia (golf).

The ceremony today was hosted by ESPN SportsCenter co-host Sage Steele.

Past winners of the Honda-Broderick Cup include Candace Parker (basketball, 2008), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track and field, 1984), Mia Hamm (soccer, 1994), Cheryl Miller (basketball, 1983), Tracy Caulkins (1982, 1984, swimming), Chamique Holdsclaw (basketball, 1998), Misty May (volleyball, 1999) and Lisa Fernandez (softball, 1993).

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