Maya Moore wins 3rd Wade Trophy

Updated: April 4, 2011, 10:11 AM ET
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Connecticut senior Maya Moore is the first three-time winner of the Wade Trophy, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Saturday.

The award goes to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women's basketball. Former LSU star Seimone Augustus and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, who played at Old Dominion, are the only other players to win it twice.

"I don't think it's sunk in yet," Moore said Saturday. "It's absolutely an honor. But to put it in perspective, I don't know. I'm really just really on the national championship right now. So hopefully I'll be able to enjoy this one by winning a national championship."

Later in the afternoon, Moore also was named The Associated Press player of the year for the second time in three seasons.

Moore is averaging 23.4 points this season and guided the Huskies to the Big East regular-season and tournament championships. She has them back in the Final Four for the fourth straight year and is trying to lead them to a third straight NCAA title. UConn faces Notre Dame in the national semifinals Sunday.

She became the Huskies' all-time leading scorer this season and is the seventh player in NCAA Division I women's history to score at least 3,000 career points.

The four-time All-American is the third player to win the AP award twice, joining Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee and Augustus. Moore won as a sophomore and finished second in the voting her freshman and junior years.

Moore got 37 of the votes from the 39-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Baylor's Brittney Griner received the other two votes.

The State Farm Coaches' All-America team was announced Saturday as well, and Moore was one of five seniors named to the team. Each of the Final Four teams was represented by one player: forward Danielle Adams (Texas A&M); guard Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame); center Nneka Ogwumike (Stanford); and Moore.

"The coaches who were selected by their peers to choose this year's State Farms Coaches' All-America team debated for 1½ days, which is the longest deliberaton I can recall in my 15 years with this organization," WBA CEO Beth Bass said.

Moore, for her part, is starting to run out of space to put all of her trophies.

"They go to my mom's house or some of them go to the basketball office in Storrs," Moore said. "My mom's starting to yell at me a little bit. I've got to figure where to put some of these things. But it's great. I know it makes her proud and I always have a certain memory attached to some, whether it's the specific team that year or something that happened that day."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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