2008 Season Rewind: Navonda Moore
Undoubtedly, Minnesota's 2008 season was one for the ages. In the franchise's 10th season in the WNBA, the 12 ladies of 2008 captured fansí hearts with their aggressive, spirited and energetic play. Under the guidance of Don Zierden, the 2008 squad finished the season 16-18, a six-game improvement from 2007. A 2009 playoff appearance seems to be on the horizon for the second-youngest team in the WNBA.
With the season in our rear view mirror and the players flocking overseas, lynxbasketball.com reflects on an exciting 2008 season by taking a look back at each player's campaign. In the fifth installment of this 12-part series, we take a look back at the season of Lynx second-year guard Navonda Moore.
Free Agent Wonder
After enjoying a successful four-year run at the University of Alabama, Moore went undrafted in the 2007 WNBA Draft, and was eventually signed by the Lynx on April 19, 2007 to a training camp invitation. Two years later, Moore has persevered through a couple of training camps while still holding her roster spot. In a league that doesn't promise WNBA futures to even second-round picks, Moore's resolve to battle through adversity and the doubters to hold down a roster spot for two consecutive years pays testament to her never-give-up attitude. Moore remains the only current Lynx player to not have been drafted out of college. She finished her senior year at Alabama in the top 15 in scoring after becoming the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Athletes in Action
While Moore may not have the size or skill set that can be attributed to most guards in the WNBA, the 5-10 guard clearly is not lacking in the athleticism department. Moore uses her superior athleticism to get to the rim on most occasions and go up among the trees to finish at the hoop.
Coming on the heals of 13 straight games in which she did not see the floor, Moore's best stretch of play in 2008 came in September, particularly in back-to-back games to close out 2008. Against Phoenix on Sept. 12 at Target Center, Moore tallied a season-high 17 minutes of action en route to tying her then-career high of eight points, while hauling in three rebounds and dishing out a career-high four assists. Moore followed that up two nights later in Washington will a new career high in points (more on that below). It's clear that Moore established some momentum that she can build off heading into 2009.
2008 Game to Remember
Minnesota's last game of the 2008 season provided a lot of players the opportunity for some extra playing time, and one of those players to take full advantage of that newfound opportunity was Moore. In just over 15 minutes off the bench, Moore tallied a career-high 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 1-of-1 from beyond the arc in Minnesota's 96-70 win at Washington back on Sept. 14, 2008. In that same game, Moore recorded one of her four steals on the year and one of her three blocks. Moore's career game closed the month of September in which she averaged 5.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg and 1.0 apg while shooting 37.5 percent from the floor in six games played.
Final 2008 Statistics