Lynx Select Maya Moore No. 1
Lynx Select Three-Time Wade Trophy Winner and Four-Time All-American Maya Moore with the No. 1 Overall Pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft
Moore a Two-Time National Champion with the University of Connecticut; Finished Four-Year Collegiate Career with 150 Career Wins, Most All-Time in NCAA History
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx today selected University of Connecticut standout Maya Moore with the first overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft.
Moore, a 6-0 forward, joins the Lynx after a storied career at UConn that saw her reach milestones never seen before in the women’s collegiate game. Moore enters the WNBA as the only three-time Wade Trophy winner (2009, 2010, 2011) in NCAA history. She also won the John R. Wooden and Naismith Awards twice (2009, 2011), and became only the second player in NCAA history to achieve four-time All-America status. A three-time Big East Player of the Year, Moore became the first player – male or female – to capture the Big East Player of the Year honors as a freshman (2007-08).
Moore’s name will forever be etched in UConn’s record books as the Jefferson City, Missouri, native leaves the program as one of the greats in school history. Moore departs first in total points (3,036), career scoring average (19.7 ppg) and career minutes played (4,683). Moore also finished second in school history in career rebounds (1,268), second in career three-pointers made (311) and third in career steals (311). Her 3,036 career points scored is the fourth-highest total in NCAA history over a single career and her 476 career NCAA Tournament points rank second in tournament history. Moore scored in double figures in 149 of 154 games played over her career, including 76 games of 20+ points and 12 games with 30+ points. She connected on three or more three-point shots 50 times over her career and shot a career mark of .404 from beyond the arc. Moore broke her own UConn single-season scoring record her senior year, totaling 868 points (22.8 ppg – tied for fifth nationally).
Moore finished her four-year collegiate career with a win/loss record of 150-4, which includes two National Championships (2009, 2010). The 150 wins represent the most over a single career in NCAA basketball history – male or female. Moore appeared in as many NCAA Final Fours (four) over her career as she had total losses (four) and finished an unblemished 81-0 at home. Moore captained the Huskies to an NCAA-record 90-game winning streak that spanned over two seasons before being snapped by Stanford on Dec. 30, 2010. Combining her career high school and college win/loss records, Moore finished with 275 wins to just seven losses.
In addition to dominating the collegiate game, Moore has starred on the international stage over the past four-plus years as a member of USA Basketball. Moore participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship this winter as part of the USA National Team. Playing alongside the game’s elite WNBA players, Moore was the lone collegiate player on the 12-player roster that took home the gold medal. Competing against the world’s best competition, Moore averaged 8.7 points in 18.2 minutes per game. Also on that team was Lynx All-Star point guard Lindsay Whalen. Moore has also captured Gold at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Tournament, the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships and the 2009 World University Games.
Moore’s prowess extends beyond the court and into the classroom. In 2010, Moore was honored as the CoSIDA Academic All- American of the Year (she won same award in 2009) and as the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Furthermore, Moore was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship and was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2010 – an annual list made up of ‘dynamic young women with leadership experience, academic excellence, and inspiring goals.’
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