Top Ten Players, Part Two - The Guards and Wings
Maya Moore, SF, Connecticut What can we say about Maya Moore other than she is considered one of the best collegiate players of all time. Widely considered to be the likely number one overall pick in the 2011 draft, Moore, a 6-0 forward from Connecticut, won the 2011 Wade Trophy and was named the National Player of the Year in 2011 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the 2011 Associated Press player of the Year, and was a three-time Big East Player of the Year. Moore was also named in the State Farms Coaches All-American Team for 2011. She led her team to a record-setting 90-game winning streak, two consecutive undefeated seasons, and two consecutive NCAA Championships. She plays for her third NCAA Championship Tuesday night – MAYBE…… Moore led the Big East with 22.8 points per game this season, which also ranked her fourth in the nation in scoring. Besides her exceptional abilities as a scorer, rebounder and passer, Moore was a Scholar Athlete of the Year, maintaining a 3.7 GPA.
Kayla Pedersen, F, Stanford The versatile forward from Stanford has the capacity to play numerous positions on the court, and it has helped her team to a perfect 63-0 home record over the last four years, as well as four consecutive trips to the Final Four and two consecutive PAC-10 perfect seasons. Starting all 145 games of her career, she has been named four times to the All-Conference Team and is a PAC-10 scholar athlete. Robinson was also names to the 2011 Associated Press All-American Second Team. She may be a 2, a 3, or a 4 in the WNBA, but wherever she plays her team can count on her around the basket and behind the arc. This season Pedersen averaged 12.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game this season.
Jeanette Pohlen, G, Stanford The 6-0 point guard, who was recently named the PAC-10 Player of the Year, started all 35 games for the 33-2 Cardinal in 2010-11. Pohlen led her team to a record of 137-13 over her four seasons including four consecutive trips to the Final Four. Additionally, she and her fellow seniors never lost a home game in their Stanford careers. As a senior, Pohlen averaged 14.6 points and 3.1 assists per game this season. One of the drafts best shooters, Pohlen shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc, and 90.4 percent from the charity stripe. Pohlen is known for getting up for big games. No one can forget the 31 point, 9 rebound, and 6 assist masterpiece she unveiled on December 30 upsetting the undefeated Connecticut Huskies and ending their 90-game winning streak.
Danielle Robinson, PG, Oklahoma During her illustrious four-year career at Oklahoma, Robinson, a 5-9 point guard, was a two time All-American and a two time Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist. She was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and also named to the Big 12 Team three times. She finished her career as a four-time member of the Big 12 Defensive Team. Known for her quickness with and without the ball, she finished her regular-season collegiate career with 2,047 points, the ninth-best in Big 12 history, sixth in conference history in assists and seventh in steals. A tremendous leader, Robinson led the Sooners into the NCAA Final Four during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.
Courtney Vandersloot, PG, Gonzaga Vandersloot, a 5-8 point guard from Gonzaga, was the first ever Division I player — man or woman — to notch more than 2000 points and 1000 assists in a career. This past season, Vandersloot’s extraordinary shooting and remarkable court sense guided Gonzaga to a 31-4 record. She also led her team to a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament as an 11 seed, the lowest-seeded team to make it that far in NCAA history, while averaging a tournament-high 30.7 points per game. She was named in the 2011 State Farm Coaches All-American Team, three-time All-West Coast Conference team, two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, and two-time West Coast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player. In her senior season, Vandersloot averaged 19.6 points, 10.2 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game for the nation’s highest scoring offense.
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