Moore Reflects On Offseason Title With Shanxi Xing Rui Flame In China




Alex Conover
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Lynx star Maya Moore added another piece of hardware to her already impressive trophy shelf when she helped the Shanxi Xing Rui Flame capture the WCBA title on Feb. 5.

When you consider that Moore already has collected a pair of NCAA Championships, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the 2011 WNBA Championship and this summer’s Olympic Gold Medal, it becomes apparent why the Chinese nicknamed the 23-year-old the “Undefeated Queen.”

Returning home to the U.S. and participating in the Sears Shooting Stars as part of the State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, she had plenty of positive things to say about her latest overseas adventure.

“I had a great experience in China,” Moore said during media availability. “The team was able to win the championship. I was able to form some new memories, new experience, new culture, and overall just a great life experience.”

Her time in China wasn’t restricted to just basketball. Moore was able to travel and see sights as well.

“I got a chance to see China,” Moore added. “The club did a really nice job of helping me to experience China and the culture while I was there, especially when we went to Beijing and Shanghai. I got the opportunity to see what they called the ‘Forbidden City’ in Beijing, it showed a lot of the land and the area where the Emperor and royal family lived. It was its own little city, and that was really cool.”

With another championship to add to her collection, Moore can’t help but look forward to the upcoming WNBA season.

“It definitely feels nice to sleep in my bed,” Moore said, “get back to the United States, think about the next Lynx season and get things rolling.”

If you thought Moore had some nice statistical performances in the WNBA, you won’t believe her output in China. Moore averaged 38.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, including a blockbuster 40-minute, 53-point, 13-rebound performance in Game 3 of the WCBA Semifinals. She also poured in 60 points against Yunnan in her third regular season game.

“I’ll bring a 50-point mindset,” Moore said. “The WNBA is absolutely still the toughest league, but every night I still have that mindset of ‘I’m going to beat you by 50’ or ‘I’m going to get 50 on you’ it’s all within the flow of the game. I’m excited to get working again.”

That aggressive scoring mindset will only help a Minnesota Lynx team that lost in last year’s WNBA Finals to the Indiana Fever and will be seeking a third straight Finals berth.

“Obviously it’s easier to be hungry when you’re trying to chase that championship again after losing in the finals,” Moore said. “It’s still the same approach, and then some. I don’t think we have too many regrets; we were in the finals. We played great, and we were the best team in the league all year as far as our record. We were playing very well after the Olympic break especially.

“It’s just a matter of staying with it and hoping to play very well when it counts.”
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