Two Connecticut-based student-athletes – Connecticut basketball star Maya Moore and New Haven track and field All-American Shannon Gagne – have been named as the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year Award winners, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Moore and Gagne were selected from a pool of 12 candidates in each of the university and college division, all of whom were named as Academic All-America of the Year in their respective sports.
Moore, who currently plays for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, was selected from a field that carried an average GPA of 3.89, while Gagne’s college division field had an average GPA of 3.97. Gagne is pursuing her master’s degree in national security.
Moore joins Rebecca Lobo (1995) as the second women’s basketball player from Connecticut to be named as the Academic All-America of the Year for the university division. She finished her collegiate career as the fourth-leading scorer in Division I history with 3,036 points. She led Connecticut to a pair of national championships and four appearances in the Women’s Final Four during her career. Moore played in all 154 games of her college career and led Connecticut to a record of 150-4.
Gagne, a six-time All-American in track and field at New Haven, was honored as the 2011 USTFCCCA Division II Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. She graduated from New Haven last year with a degree in criminal justice.
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 led New Haven to a fourth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships and a ninth-place showing at the outdoor meet.
At the indoor meet, Gagne won titles in the 200-meter run, the 400-meter run and the long jump. At the NCAA outdoor meet, she finished first in the 200-meter run and the 400-meter run. Her five national championships make her one of just three student-athletes at the Division II level to ever accomplish the feat in one year.