You'd expect the honors and accolades to slow to a trickle after Maya Moore left UConn for the WNBA, at least for a few years while she rebuilt her legacy from "college sensation" to "professional phenomenon."
Apparently, we're not yet done with the collegiate awards because Moore is one of three finalists for the 2011 Honda-Broderick Cup.
Details via the press release:
"…The prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup [is an] annual top honor designating The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. This year's finalists are, in alphabetical order: Blair Brown, Penn State University (volleyball), Maya Moore, University of Connecticut (basketball) and Sheila Reid, Villanova University (cross-country, track and field). The "Top Three" finalists were chosen from previously announced Honda Sports Award winners in 12 different NCAA-sanctioned sports, by a vote from among more than 1,000 NCAA-member institutions."
The winner will be revealed on June 27th at Columbia University.
This is the fourth time Moore has been up for Honda-Broderick Cup, and she won it last year. And while her mantle isn't lacking for trophies, we suspect there's always room for one more.
Maya also appears to be faring well as a WNBA rookie. Which shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone who saw her play at UConn. Some highlights (via the StarTribune.com):
- June 2: 21 points vs. LA in her first professional game
- June 5: 16 points in home debut vs. LA
- June 7: 7 points vs. Tulsa
- June 9: 14 points vs. Seattle
- June 17: 13 points vs. Atlanta
- June 19: 12 points vs. Atlanta
And then there's this mind-blowing stat:
Moore's career record since high school
Collins H.S.: 125-3
As the StarTribune's Roman Augustoviz notes, that's a 97.2 winning percentage. Not too shabby.