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Maya Moore's Bio

About Maya Moore

NOTABLE

  • WNBA Champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • WNBA Finals MVP (2013)
  • WNBA Most Valuable Player (2014)
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year (2011)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2012)
  • WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014, 2017)
  • Western Conference All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015-MVP, 2017-MVP)
  • Western Conference Player of the Month (Aug. 2013, Sept. 2013, May 2014, July 2014, Aug. 2014, July 2015, May 2016, Sept. 2016)
  • Western Conference Player of the Week (2012:2, 2013:3, 2014:5, 2015:4, 2016:3)
  • Named to the WNBA’s Top 20@20 Team
  • Lynx career leader in three-point FGs (464), steals (392) and blocks (164)
  • Lynx single-season record for points (812, 2014)
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2012, 2016)
  • FIBA World Championship Gold Medalist (2010, 2014)

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Selected by Minnesota in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft… Signed to a three-year contract on Apr. 14, 2011… Re-signed to a four-year contract on May 7, 2015.

2017 SEASON

Started all 34 games in her seventh WNBA campaign; she’s now played in 237 of 238 since arriving in Minnesota in 2011… Tallied 17.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in 31.3 mpg; she shot 44.2% from the floor, 41.1% (65-for-158) from three-point range – the 2nd-best percentage of her career – and 85.8% from the FT line… Ranked 2nd in the WNBA in steals (a career-high 1.88 spg) as well as 5th in three-point accuracy, 10th in scoring, 3rd among forwards (15th overall) in assists, 23rd in rebounding, 18th in FT accuracy and 10th in minutes… Led all scorers with 26 points Sept. 3 vs. Washington, her 15th 20+ night of the season and the 104th of her career; she averaged 19.4 ppg (48.2%) over her final 17 games… Scored 20 points with a season-high nine assists Sept. 1 vs. Chicago, one of nine times she led the Lynx in assists; the four treys in that game boosted her career total to 461, overtaking Katie Smith (460) for 1st place on the franchise’s all-time list… Pulled in a season-high 11 boards Aug. 16 at Seattle, part of her 31st career double-double (third this year)… Scored a season-high 28 points Aug. 8 at Indiana and swiped a season-high five steals Aug. 3 vs. Atlanta… Chosen as MVP of the 2017 All-Star Game on July 22 in Seattle after scoring 23 points… Scored the 4000th point of her WNBA career July 6 vs. Los Angeles… Collected 22 points, a season-high 11 rebounds and a game-high seven assists June 23 vs. Washington, part of a string of five consecutive 20+ outings.

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE

2016: Started all 34 games and was named All-WNBA First Team for a fourth straight season… Earned Western Conference Player of the Month honors twice (May, September), hiking her career total to eight, and was also named Western Conference Player of the Week three times (May 23, June 6, July 11)… Averaged 19.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, a career-high 4.2 apg and 1.56 spg in 29.7 mpg, shooting 44.8% from the field, 40.4% from long range and 86.8% from the line… Ranked 5th in the WNBA in scoring, 7th in assists, 6th in steals, 6th in three-point accuracy and 16th in FT accuracy… Closed the year by hitting 56.7% (17-for-30) from beyond the arc in her final eight starts… Topped the Lynx in assists on 16 occasions, dealing a game-high eight in the Sept. 17 win vs. Atlanta… Pulled in a season-high 10 rebounds Sept. 11 at San Antonio, part of her second double-double this year (28th career); the game was the 200th of her WNBA career… The 16 FT attempts at San Antonio are a career high; her 12 FTs made Sept. 2 vs. Washington are a career best… Committed a career-high seven TOs July 17 at Dallas… Poured in 38 of her season-high 40 points after halftime July 7 at Connecticut; it’s her WNBA-record-tying third career 40+ night and the 20th time she’s scored 30+… Tallied 34 points May 25 at Phoenix, and dished a career-high 10 assists in the May 14 opener vs. Phoenix. 2015: Selected to the All-WNBA First Team… Started 33 contests, sitting out the Sept. 11 finale at Seattle to end her ironwoman streak at 169 games (one shy of Nicole Ohlde’s franchise record)… Averaged 20.6 ppg (2nd), 6.7 rpg (8th) and 3.5 apg (8th), the league’s only player to rank among the top 10 in all three categories… Also ended 5th in steals (1.64 spg), 19th in blocks (0.79 bpg) and 3rd in minutes played (33.4 mpg)… Shot a career-low 42.0% from the floor, 35.9% from three-point range and 85.5% from the FT line; she picked up to 91.3% (73-for-80) in the latter category over her final 16 outings… Finished as runner-up in the 2015 Most Valuable Player balloting… Earned four Western Conference Player of the Week awards and was named Western Conference Player of the Month for July… Dealt a season-high seven assists Aug. 21 at San Antonio, while also surpassing the 3000-career-point mark in that game… Pumped in a season-high 36 points Aug. 14 in Atlanta, her 17th career 30+ effort (third this year); she had 32 points vs. San Antonio on Aug. 11… Hauled down her 1000th career rebound Aug. 9 vs. Los Angeles… The July 31 outing vs. Atlanta (21 pts/10 reb) was her 26th career double-double… Chosen as MVP of the 2015 All-Star Game on July 25 in Connecticut after tallying an ASG-record 30 points, six boards and five assists… Had 32 points July 19 at Tulsa, including a club-record 30 in the 2nd half; she added 10 rebounds and five assists to become the 10th player in WNBA history to register a 30+ pts/10+ reb/5+ ast game… Swiped a season-high five steals June 27 vs. Phoenix…2014: Named the league’s Most Valuable Player and was voted to the All-WNBA First Team and All-Defensive Second Team… Started all 34 contests… Led the league by averaging a career-high and franchise-record 23.9 ppg, adding a career-best 8.1 rpg and 3.4 apg while playing 34.7 mpg… Finished with 812 total points, breaking Seimone Augustus’ previous single-season mark (769 in 2007)… Also ranked 8th in the WNBA in rebounding, 20th in assists, 5th in steals (1.88 spg), 14th in blocks (0.82 bpg) and 2nd in minutes (34.7 mpg)… Shot 48.1% from the floor (13th), 33.5% from three-point range and a career-best 88.4% from the FT line (4th); her 181 FT attempts were good for 3rd in the league… Named Western Conference Player of the Month three times (May, July, August) and was also selected as Western Conference Player of the Week on five occasions, including an unprecedented string of four in a row through Aug. 4… Tallied 30+ points 12 times — the top single-season total in league history — and had 22 games with 20 or more; she was the only player in the league to reach double figures in all 34 contests… Collected 10 point/rebound double-doubles (boosting her career total to 21), including four games with 30+ points/10+ rebounds… Led Minnesota in scoring 26 times, in rebounding on 18 occasions and in assists six times… Began the season 20-for-40 from three-point range before slipping to 29.0% (42-for-145) the rest of the way… Erupted for a club-record 48 points July 22 vs. Atlanta, the 2nd-highest single-game total in WNBA history and breaking Katie Smith’s previous mark of 46 (set on July 8, 2001 at Los Angeles)… The 30 FGA vs. Atlanta are also a club record while the 16 FGs and seven treys made both tie single-game marks… Tallied 40 points on Aug. 2 at Tulsa, joining Smith (2001) and Taurasi (2006) as the only WNBA players to score 40+ twice in the same season… Started the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game on July 19 in Phoenix, scoring 24 points with a game-high eight assists… Dealt a season-high seven assists June 29 vs. Seattle; her four blocks are a career best… Tallied 38 points (with a season-high 13 rebounds) May 23 at Tulsa, becoming the third player in WNBA history (Candace Parker, Lauren Jackson) to notch back-to-back 30-point/10-rebound performances. 2013: Ended the season on a high note after being named the Western Conference Player of the Month for both August and September, the first such honors of her career; she also garnered Player of the Week accolades on three occasions (Aug. 12, Aug. 26, Sept. 16)… Started all 34 contests… Registered career highs in eight of the nine major statistical categories — and finished among the league’s top 20 in each — highlighted by placing 3rd in the WNBA in scoring (18.5 ppg)… Also ranked 6th in steals (1.74 spg), 12th in blocks (0.97 bpg), 15th in rebounds (6.2 rpg), 17th in assists (3.0) and 8th in minutes (31.4 mpg)… Shot 50.9% from the field (good for 10th), 88.2% from the FT line (7th) and a franchise-record 45.3% from three-point range to break Svetlana Abrosimova’s previous club mark (44.6% in 2007)… Drilled 72 treys overall, becoming the first player in WNBA history to lead the league in both three-pointers made and three-point accuracy in the same season… Picked off a season-high five steals Sept. 10 at Seattle, one of nine times she swiped 3+… Scored 25 of her 30 points in the 1st half Aug. 31 vs. Seattle… Poured in 35 points Aug. 24 vs. Indiana, joining Katie Smith and Seimone Augustus as the only players in Lynx history to score 35+… Netted 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists Aug. 6 at San Antonio, one of four double-doubles this year (11 career)… Started the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game on July 27 in Connecticut, tallying 14 points… Pulled in a career-high 16 rebounds June 19 at Phoenix, part of the first 25+ point/15+ board effort in club history… Also had 26 points; it was the second time this year (fifth career) she led the Lynx across the board (pts/reb/ast)… 2012: Concluded her second year in the WNBA as the Lynx’ only player to start all 34 contests… Increased her averages and percentages in all nine major categories from her 2011 Rookie of the Year campaign, and joined Tamika Catchings as the only players to rank among the league’s top 30 in every one… Tallied 16.4 ppg (11th), 6.0 rpg (14th), 3.6 apg (14th) and 1.47 spg (16th) while logging a team-high 29.7 mpg… Boosted that to 19.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.1 apg and 1.65 spg in 31.6 mpg over the final 17 games… Shot 46.5% from the floor, 38.8% from beyond the arc and 87.9% (4th in the WNBA) from the FT line; her 73 treys made are the most by any Lynx player since Katie Smith had 78 in 2003… Collected six double-doubles; she was Minnesota’s leading scorer 16 times, top rebounder six times and leader in assists on seven occasions… Scored her 1000th career point in the Sept. 23 finale at San Antonio… Tallied a career-high 29 points Sept. 17 vs. Indiana, matching a WNBA record by hitting five treys in the 3rd quarter… The Sept. 14 outing at Indiana was the third time she led the Lynx across the board (pts/reb/ast)… Named Western Conference Player of the Week twice (Aug. 20, Sept. 10)… Scored 19 of her 23 points after intermission Sept. 7 vs. Atlanta, adding a career-best 12 rebounds in a career-high 41:47… Her seven steals Sept. 4 vs. Los Angeles tied the franchise record; she handed out a career-high eight assists Aug. 31 vs. Tulsa… Scored 28 points July 12 vs. Tulsa, including a club-record 19 in the 2nd quarter; her 11-for-12 effort from the FT line marked career highs in both categories… Swiped five steals June 23 vs. Chicago, and poured in 26 points June 9 at Tulsa, the first of nine 20+ outings… 2011: Started all 34 games during her first season in Minnesota, the WNBA’s only rookie to accomplish that feat… Collected 13.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.6 apg while playing 28.0 mpg; she also ranked 12th in the WNBA in steals (1.41 spg)… Shot 43.9% from the field, 36.9% (58-for-157) from three-point range and 78.8% from the FT line; her accuracy climbed to 49.0% (71-for-145) — 45.5% (30-for-66) from beyond the arc — over the final 14 games… Was the Lynx’ top scorer seven times, with 23 double-figure nights and five 20+ outings… Scored a game-high 19 points Sept. 4 at New York, one of seven times she led… Named the WNBA’s Rookie of the Month for both July and August… Registered her first career double-double Aug. 28 at San Antonio, totaling 19 points and a season-high 12 rebounds… Pumped in a season-high 28 points Aug. 9 at Phoenix; she tied Tamika Catchings’ WNBA record by shooting 6-for-6 from beyond the arc… Also swiped five steals at Phoenix, a team season best… Played a season-high 34:51 Aug. 2 vs. Phoenix… Started the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game on July 23 in San Antonio, totaling 10 points and three assists… Dealt a season-high six assists July 29 vs. Seattle, and had nine rebounds July 16 vs. Seattle; Minnesota went 11-0 when she grabbed 6+ boards… Netted 26 points July 9 vs. Connecticut; her six three-pointers were one short of Katie Smith’s club single-game record (at Seattle, June 14, 2003)… Named the 2011 winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup on June 27, the second straight year she’d been honored.

PLAYOFFS

2017: Started all eight playoff games, averaging 18.3 ppg (51.5%), 5.3 rpg and 3.0 apg in 33.4 mpg as the Lynx claimed their fourth WNBA title… Registered her sixth career playoff double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in Game 5 vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 4… 2016: Helped the Lynx return to the WNBA Finals, averaging 22.4 ppg (51.7%), 7.3 rpg and 4.6 apg… Moved into 1st place on the all-time WNBA Finals scoring leaderboard on Oct. 9, 2016, passing Diana Taurasi and Deanna Nolan… 2015: Averaged 23.4 ppg (41.9%), 7.3 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2.30 spg in 10 playoff starts… Hit the game-winning trey as time expired in Game 3 (Oct. 9) at Indiana, the first buzzer-beater in Lynx playoff history… Snagged a playoff career-best 12 rebounds in Game 1 vs. Indiana (Oct. 4)… Poured in a playoff career-high 40 points Sept. 27 at Phoenix, eclipsing her previous best of 33 set Sept. 18 vs. Los Angeles… 2014: Returned to the Western Conference Finals, averaging 19.8 ppg and 5.4 apg… 2013: Led the Lynx to their second WNBA Championship, averaging a team-best 20.9 ppg in seven postseason games… Was named the 2013 WNBA Finals MVP after averaging 20.0 ppg as the Lynx swept Atlanta to win the title… 2012: Averaged 16.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 2.8 apg in nine postseason games… Shot 43.3% from three-point range and 91.3% from the FT line… 2011: Averaged 13.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg in eight postseason contests, hitting 45.8% from the floor and 40.0% from long range… Put in 21 points with seven rebounds and five assists Sept. 25 at Phoenix, going 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.

INTERNATIONAL

2016: Won gold with Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro; she tallied 12.0 ppg (52.0%), 5.6 rpg, 4.3 apg and 2.00 spg in eight starts… 2014: Earned gold at the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, where she averaged 15.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.5 apg and was chosen as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player… Was named the 2014 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year… 2012: Earned a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; she averaged 9.0 ppg (46.4%) and 5.6 rpg in eight games (five starts) for Team USA… 2010: Helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, held in the Czech Republic… Averaged 8.7 ppg (48.9%) and 3.3 rpg in nine contests, scoring nine points in the gold-medal game vs. the host Czechs… Her USA Basketball résumé also includes gold medals at the 2009 World University Games, held in Serbia, and the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships, held in Slovakia.

OVERSEAS

2015-16: Averaged a team-high 29.9 points and 8.3 rebounds alongside 3.2 assists per game with Shanxi… 2014-15: Returned to Shanxi in China to win her third straight WCBA championship… Averaged 30.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 38 games… 2013-14: Won a second straight WCBA title with Shanxi… Averaged 39.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 4.3 steals in 31 games… Scored 40 or more points 17 times… 2012-13: Won the WCBA championship with Shanxi in their first year of existence… Tallied 38.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.6 steals in 28 games… Scored 60 points on Nov. 10 against Yunnan… Recorded a triple-double vs. Zhejiang on Feb. 2 in the WCBA Finals, scoring 43 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing 11 assists… 2011-12: Helped Spanish power Ros Casares Valencia win EuroLeague and Liga Femenina crowns… Averaged 13.1 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 20 Spanish league contests, and 12.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 10 EuroLeague appearances.

COLLEGE

UConn’s career scoring leaders with a total of 3,036 points – surpassing Tina Charles’ total of 2,346 on Dec. 5, 2010… Trophy case includes three Wade Trophy Awards (given annually to the nation’s best player), two Wooden and Naismith Awards and two National Championship trophies… Became just the second player in NCAA history to be named an All-American four times… Captained the UConn women to an astounding 90 consecutive victories – a total that broke the NCAA record for consecutive wins without a loss… Finished career an incredible 150-4, setting the all-time NCAA mark for career wins – male or female… Shot over 50.0 percent from the floor in each of her four seasons with Connecticut and made 311 three-pointers over her career – second most in school history… Scored at least 20 points 76 times and 30 or more points 12 times in her career… Honored as the 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and as the 2010 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year… Moore was also honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2008-09… Became only the second freshman all-time to be honored as an AP First Team pick in 2007-08… Named to the 2009 WBCA Classic All-Tournament Team as a junior… Honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Tournament and selected to the All-NCAA Tournament Team in 2009… Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Dayton Regional and of the 2009 NCAA Trenton Regional… Broke the UConn single-season scoring record with her total of 754 points as a sophomore – besting Kara Wolters’ previous record total (694)… A multi-dimensional player who can play any position on the floor… Named 2007-08, 2008-2009 and 2010-11 BIG EAST Player of the Year… Moore was the first freshman ever to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year in 2007-08… 2009 BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player… Has 50 double-doubles… Has registered double-figure points in 149 of 154 career games… Became the fastest player to reach the 2,000-point milestone in UConn history and the first junior to do so with 16 points vs. Syracuse (3/7/10)… Became the fastest player to reach the 1,000-point milestone in UConn history, doing so in her 55th career game with 40 points vs. Syracuse (1/17/09), besting previous record of 63 games held by Svetlana Abrosimova… Set UConn and BIG EAST single-game records with 10 three-point field goals vs. Syracuse (1/17/09)… The consensus 2007 National High School Player of the Year… Earned the Naismith following both her junior and senior prep seasons, becoming only the second two-time winner of the award.

PERSONAL

Born June 11, 1989 in Jefferson City, Mo.… The daughter of Kathryn Moore… A Sports Media major at Connecticut… Had her first exposure to basketball at the age of three when mother, Kathryn, mounted a hoop on the back door of their apartment to prevent her from running around the apartment.

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