Friday, March 05, 2010

Charles in charge as Moore honors roll in for Huskies

Tina Charles, having one of the most memorable seasons by a Husky, was named the Big East's Player of the Year. You'd imagine this is a precursor to Charles winning the Naismith Award for National Player of the Year, but you never know. Two years ago, it was expected that Candace Parker would win the Naismith only to have Candice Wiggins surprise just about everyone by taking home the honor.

Still it's tough to imagine Charles not winning it, especially since her main competition is teammate Maya Moore.

Just to chew on: What does it tell you about Charles' season when she beats out Moore, who is considered the best player in the draft and probably the best player in the world before too long?

Moore didn't come away empty handed Friday on the second day of conference awards. After being named an Academic All-American last month, Moore was named the Big East's Scholar-Athlete. She is the fifth Husky to be so honored, joining Leigh Curl, Rebecca Lobo (twice) and Jennifer Rizzotti.

Lastly, Geno Auriemma shared Coach of the Year honors with West Virginia's Mike Carey. I like Carey here, but I also like Georgetown's Terry Flournoy-Williams, who took a team that has been a non-factor and led it to the Top 25. Auriemma would have had my third vote.

Also, just a side note...check back here often Sunday through Tuesday as the Huskies aim for the Big East Tournament title and try to eclipse the record 70-game win streak.

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