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Connecticut's Charles is AP Player of the Year

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Connecticut senior Tina Charles is the runaway choice as The Associated Press' women's college basketball player of the year.

The 6-foot-4 Charles, who averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and shot 63.5 percent from the field, received 33 votes from the 40-member national media panel.

She has been instrumental in helping UConn achieve its NCAA record 76-game winning streak and make it back to the Final Four for a third straight season.

Charles is the seventh UConn player to win the award. Huskies' teammate Maya Moore, who won the award last year, was second in the voting with four. Kelsey Griffin of Nebraska received two votes and Alysha Clark of Middle Tennessee got one.