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Friday, September 16, 2011

Maya Moore is WNBA Rookie of the Year

Former UConn star Maya Moore has been named the WNBA's Rookie of the Year and she will be honored before tonight's San Antonio/Minnesota playoff game.

It's hardly a shock that Maya will be named the league's top rookie. She was the leader in scoring (13.2) and steals (1.4), second in rebounding (4.6) and third in assists (2.9) and blocks (0.5) among first-year players.

Moore's main competition for the award is San Antonio's Danielle Adams, who averaged 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.6 blocks but she also missed 11 games. Adams received two votes while the other 38 went to Moore.

This is the second year in a row that a former UConn star will win the award as Tina Charles was last year's winner. Diana Taurasi, who won the award in 2004, is the only former UConn player to be named rookie of the year. Moore becomes the fourth straight No. 1 overall draft pick to win the award.

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