Moore named Associated Press All-American honorable mention

Senior forward Tinara Moore throws her hands in the air after cutting down the nets on Feb. 28 at McGuirk Arena.

Already crowned the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, senior forward Tinara Moore earned some more recognition for one of the greatest seasons in women's basketball history.

Moore was selected March 26 as an Associated Press honorable mention All-American. Moore is the first ever Chippewa to be recognized as an All-American in Central Michigan women's basketball history.

Moore celebrated the announcement on Twitter. 

"INSANE that there are people that believe that I am one of the best in the country," Moore tweeted. "For that I am forever grateful." 

Head coach Sue Guevara shared Moore's enthusiasm. 

"Hell to the YES you call yourself an ALL AMERICAN," Guevara tweeted. 

Moore led the Chippewas in scoring this season with 19.1 points per game, along with boasting a team-high 57.6 percent field goal percentage. She leads CMU in all-time blocks with 215 swats in her four-year career.  

With 1,676 career points, Moore is the third-highest scorer in CMU history. The 6-foot-5 forward was a part of a senior class that led the Chippewas to three straight MAC West Division titles and two straight outright MAC Regular Season Championships.

For the first time in her career, Moore became a MAC Tournament Champion in her senior season. The Chippewas topped Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Buffalo en route to their first tournament championship since 2013. Moore was named to the All-MAC Tournament team, along with redshirt freshman Micaela Kelly and junior forward Reyna Frost. 

After winning the MAC Tournament, Moore led CMU to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, averaging a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds over three games. In the final game against Oregon, Moore logged 23 points, 14 rebounds and one block. 

Following her final game at CMU, Moore struggled to keep in her emotions. She said her time at CMU has been amazing, and Guevara spoke on her behalf. 

"It's been amazing for what Tinara has gone through," Guevara said. "Again, if you look at what she has done in the four years of her career here, I don't think we've ever had a player improve as much as she has improved. You know, when you love something so much, it hurts."

Junior guard Presley Hudson expressed her feelings for seniors Moore, Cassie Breen, Aleah Swary and Amani Corley after the Oregon game. 

"I'm going to miss them a lot," Hudson said. "They're family."