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Moriah Jefferson's Bio

About Moriah Jefferson

Position: Guard

Height: 5-6

Weight: 122

Birthdate: Mar. 8, 1994

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

High School: Texas Home Educators Sports Association (THESA)

College: Connecticut ‘16

WNBA Seasons: 1

Acquired: 2016 WNBA Draft (2nd overall)

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Selected 2nd overall by San Antonio in the 2016 WNBA Draft… signed with the Stars April 22, 2016.

 

WNBA CAREER

2016 (San Antonio)
Named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team… Started all 34 games, averaged 13.9 points, 4.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 30.4 minutes … Led the team in assists (142) and scoring (472)… led the Stars in three-point field goal percentage (.375)…Led the team in assists 20 times and in scoring 12 times… scored 15-plus points 17 times, 20-plus points 5 times, recorded 5-plus assists 12 times and 5-plus rebounds 3 times… scored a career-high 31 points at Indiana (7/1), the most a Stars player scored in 2016… had a career-high 9 assists at Washington (8/28)… Recorded the most field goals attempted with 26 vs. Minnesota (9/11) and most field goals made with 13 at Indiana (7/1) by a Stars player in the season… Her career-high 9 assists at Washington (8/28) were the most recorded by a player in 2016… Made a career-high and team season-high 5 steals at Indiana (7/1).

 

INTERNATIONAL

2016-17

(Galatasaray- Turkey): Led the team in points (426), ranked second in assists (112), and ranked third in steals (49)… Averaged 18.5 points, 4.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 31.1 minutes.

(Galatasaray- Eurocup): Led the team in points (286) and steals (43) and ranked second in assists (64) … Averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.3 steals in 31.7 minutes.

 

CONNECTICUT
Senior (2015-16): Won WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year … 2016 Nancy Lieberman Award Winner for second consecutive year … Helped team win 2016 National Championship … Named to WBCA All-American Team, Associated Press All-American First Team, All-NCAA Tournament Team, All-American Conference First Team and American All-Tournament Team … Started 36 games in her senior season … Ranked third on her team with 12.6 points on 55.7 percent shooting … Led the team in assists per game (5.5) and steals per game (2.6) … Shot 58.3 percent from behind the 3-point line during the NCAA Tournament … Tied her career-high for points (25) and added 8 steals and 8 assists against Temple (02/14) … Also recorded a career-high 2 blocks in the same game against Temple … Tied her season-high for assists (9) against DePaul (12/2) and against Texas in the NCAA regional finals (3/28) … Made a career-high 6 three-pointers against Duquesne (3/21).

Junior (2014-15): Won 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award … Earned 2015 American Conference Most Improved Player Award … Named to WBCA All-America Team, USBWA All-America Team, Associated Press All-American Second Team, All-NCAA Tournament Team, American All-Tournament Team and All-American Conference First Team … Finished fourth on her team with 12.4 points per game … Led the team in minutes played (1,121) … Also led the team in assists (191) and steals (100) … Shot 49.6 percent from behind the 3-point line … Shot 84.3 percent from the free throw line … Averaged 14.9 points on 65.1 percent shooting during the postseason … Scored 22 points and added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in only 25 minutes against Tulsa (1/7) … Posted her first career double-double (11 points, 10 assists) against SMU (1/11).

Sophomore (2013-14): Named to All-American Conference First Team … 2013-14 Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist … Started in all 40 games … Fifth on the team in points per game (10) … Led the conference in assists with 4.9 per game … Scored in double-figures 22 different times and recorded 6 or more assists 16 times … Recorded 25 assists during UConn’s six game run through the NCAA Tournament … Led the league in field goal percentage at 57.5 percent, showing marked improvement from her freshman year in which she shot 42.4 percent from the field … Shot 41.8 percent from beyond the arc, after shooting just 26.6 percent during her rookie year … Scored a career-high 18 points and was 6-9 from the floor in the win at Louisville (3/3) … Was 2 rebounds and 2 points shy of a triple-double against USF on (2/16).

Freshman (2012-13): Named to 2012-13 Big East All-Freshman Team … Played in all 39 games for the Huskies and started twice … Averaged 4.7 points in 17.4 minutes per game while dishing-out 69 assists … Ranked sixth on the team in assists … Scored in double-figures eight times, including three times during the NCAA Tournament … Tallied at least three assists on 12 different occasions … Scored a season-high 16 points in UConn’s First Round victory over Idaho on (3/23/) … Dished-out a season-high 5 assists on 2 different occasions, the first in the season-opening win over the College of Charleston on (11/11) and the second against Marquette on (2/5) … Led the Huskies in assists three times and in steals on eight occasions.

HIGH SCHOOL

2011-12 McDonald’s, USA Today. Parade Magazine, MaxPreps and WBCA All-American … Selected to the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team … Named as a finalist for the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team in May … National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships (NCHBC) Sullivan Award Winner in 2011 and 2012. The award was renamed the Moriah Jefferson Award in 2012 … Played with the Texas Home Educators Sports Association (THESA) as a homeschooled athlete where she amassed 3,354 points, 825 rebounds and 728 steals in her career.

 

AWARDS & HONORS

National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships All-America first team -2009, 2010, 2011

USA U16 National Team Trials -2009

USA U17 World Championship Team Trials -2010

HS All-Texas Region 1st Team -2011

USA U19 National Team -2011, 2012, 2013

USA U18 National Team -2012

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U18 Honorable Mention -2012

FIBA Americas u18 in Guarabo (Gold) -2012

Big East Regular Season Runner-Up -2013

Big East Tournament Finalist -2013

Big East All-Freshman Team -2013

NCAA Champion -2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

World Championships U19 in Lithuania (Gold) -2013

All-AAC 1st Team -2014, 2015, 2016

AAC Regular Season Champion -2014, 2015, 2016

AAC Tournament Winner -2014, 2015, 2016

All-AAC Most Improved Player of the Year -2015

AAC All-Tournament Team -2015

ESPNW All-NCAA division I 2nd Team -2015

WBCA Division I All-Region 1 Team -2015

USBWA NCAA All-America Team -2015, 2016

WBCA NCAA D1 All-America Team -2015, 2016

USA National Team -2015

Latinbasket.com All-Panamerica Games 2nd Team -2015

Panamerican Games in Toronto (Silver) -2015

All-AAC Defensive Player of the Year -2016

NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team -2015, 2016

NCAA Bridgeport Regional All-Tournament Team -2016

AP NCAA All-America 1st Team -2016

ESPNW All-NCAA Division 1 1st Team -2016

WBCA Nancy Liberman Award -2016, 2015

WBCA NCAA D1 Defensive Player of the Year -2016

WBCA Division 1 All-Region 3 Team -2016

WNBA All-Rookie Team -2016

 

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

 

CAREER HIGHS

Points…………………………………………………….. 31 at Indiana (7/1/2016)

Field Goals………………………………………………. 13 at Indiana (7/1/2016)

Field Goal Attempts…………………………………… 26 vs. Minnesota (9/11/2016)

3-Point Field Goals……………………………………. 4 vs. Phoenix (7/16/2016)

3-Point Field Goal Attempts………………………… 6 vs. Los Angeles (9/16/2016)

Offensive Rebounds…………………………………… 2 (4 times, 2016)

Defensive Rebounds………………………………….. 5 vs. Seattle (7/20/2016)

Rebounds………………………………………………… 6 vs. New York (7/10/2016)

Assists…………………………………………………….. 9 vs. Washington (8/28/2016)

Steals……………………………………………………… 5 vs. Indiana (7/1/2016)

Blocks…………………………………………………….. 2 vs. Connecticut (8/30/2016)

Minutes………………………………………………….. 38 (2 times, 2016)

 

PERSONAL
Born March 8, 1994 in Dallas, Texas … Daughter of Robin and Lorenza Jefferson … Individualized youth in sport.

 

 

 

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