Moore, Shanxi Xing Rui Flame Win WCBA Finals

Alex King


It seems like all she does is win.

Maya Moore capped off an outstanding overseas season in China today, leading the Shanxi Xing Rui Flame to a 97-87 win over Elizabeth Cambage’s Zhejiang Far East to clinch a 3-1 WCBA series victory. Moore was especially brilliant in the series, averaging 41.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 5.3 steals per game, including a 34-point, 16-rebound performance in Tuesday’s deciding Game 3.

After needing a deciding Game 3 against Beijing in the WCBA Semifinals, Moore and Shanxi got off to a quick start in the Finals, holding off Zhejiang 96-92 in the series opener. She played all 40 minutes in the win, scoring 53 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out five assists and swiping four steals. Moore added eight three-pointers and went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Zhejiang evened the series in Game 2, getting 45 points and 17 rebounds from Cambage in a 99-88 win over Shanxi. Despite the loss, Moore finished the game with 36 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, six steals and three makes from long distance while playing all 40 minutes. She was 9-of-26 from the floor and sank 15-of-21 free throws.

Moore and Shanxi rebounded quickly in Game 3, putting together a 13-point lead at halftime en route to a 112-98 win to move within one game from the winning the WCBA Championship. Moore was again superb for the Flame, recording her first triple-double in China with 43 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals. She was 16-of-32 from the field and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

On Tuesday, Shanxi finished off the series, opening up a six-point lead in the first quarter and never looking back, holding on for a 97-87 win over Zhejiang at the neutral site in Hangzhou. Moore scored 34 points in the win, grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds and recording seven steals. She was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line, adding a pair of assists and one blocked shot.

The championship was the first for Shanxi, which capped off its inaugural season in impressive fashion. The Flame finished the regular season as the #2 seed in the WCBA, going 15-7, including 15-5 after Moore’s arrival two games into the season. Zhejiang’s loss marks the second consecutive season the team has lost in the WCBA championship series, having dropped the series 3-0 to Beijing just last season.

For Moore, the WCBA championship is just another achievement in a long line of success for the 23-year old superstar. After winning the WNBA championship with the Lynx in 2011, Moore joined Ros Casares Valencia, winning both the Liga Femenina title in Spain and the EuroLeague Women championship. Last summer, Moore was also a part of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team, who won their fifth-consecutive Olympic gold medal.

When you consider her collegiate success, winning a pair of NCAA Championships in 2009 and 2010, and her other success internationally, winning the FIBA U19 World Championship in 2007 and FIBA World Championship in 2010, it’s easy to see why the Chinese nicknamed her the “Undefeated Queen” during her time in China this winter.

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