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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Maya Moore named Academic All-American of the Year

Former UConn star Maya Moore has been named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year winner in the university division while University of New Haven track star Shannon Gagne was the winner in the college division.

Moore joins 1995 winner Rebecca Lobo as the second women’s basketball player from UConn to be named as the Academic All-America of the Year for the University Division. Notre Dame's Ruth Riley and Oklahoma's Stacey Dales are the only other women's basketball players to win the top academic honor in the university division.

Moore was a decorated student-athlete in her four years at UConn, combining her outstanding performance in the classroom (she graduated with a 3.67 GPA) with one of the best basketball careers in women's college basketball history. Moore led UConn to four straight Final Four appearances and a pair of national titles while becoming the first UConn player to score more than 3,000 points.

Gagne is a six-time All-American at New Haven.

"This historical award brings a special satisfaction to my collegiate career," Moore said in a release. "Academics are not always praised as much as our athletic skills which is why this award is memorable. Knowing that there are so many deserving and hard-working student-athletes all over the country, I am elated to be recognized for my work. I am truly thankful to all the people who have poured into my academic life."

Gagne, a graduate student who is pursuing her Master’s degree in National Security, Gagne has a 3.95 GPA. She was named the 2011 USTFCCCA Division II Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Named as the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year, she was also honored as the
Northeast-10 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Gagne won NCAA Division II titles in the 200 and 400 meter races and long jump indoors. She won the 200 and 400 at the outdoor NCAA championships

“I am very excited to be recognized for this prestigious award,” said Gagne. “It’s an honor to even be mentioned among such outstanding student-athletes.”

Speaking of Moore, UConn's first games without the four-time All-American will come later this month in Italy.

Rather than play in a tournament in the Virgin Islands, Mexico or some other exotic locale, the Huskies took advantage of an NCAA rule allowing them to play games overseas before the season. UConn was originally planning to go to Italy and Greece but nixed the Greece portion of the trip because they were uneasy about heading there given recent events there. UConn will play four games from Aug. 18-24 including contests versus the Nigeria and Netherland national teams.

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