INDIANAPOLIS – Some of the WNBA’s fiercest competitors have come from the University of Connecticut. Just look at the program’s track record and it’s obvious why it produces some of the league’s best stars.
Head coach Geno Auriemma’s program has turned out stars like Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Sue Bird, Stefanie Dolson and Maya Moore, to just name a few.
Moore has spent her entire WNBA career as a member of an organization that has also been wildly successful. The Lynx have made the WNBA Finals in four out of the last five seasons. So, it’s no wonder that she has fit in perfectly.
This season, Moore gained a teammate in guard Renee Montgomery — acquired via mid-season trade — but it’s not the first time the two were on the same team competing for a championship. The duo actually played together at UConn for two seasons where they were leaders in the program when it came to intensity and competitiveness. In fact, Moore and Montgomery say they weren’t allowed to even play on the same team during practices and workouts because they were so fiercely competitive.
“I remember really being connected to Renee when we were in school together because we were the two most competitive people everywhere we went,” Moore said. “We were never on the same team because we’d kill the other team, so we always had to be on opposite teams and we would just duke it out because we were competitors, and she’s brought that to the Lynx.”
“In college, no matter what we were doing,” Montgomery added, “whether it was preseason workouts, weightlifting teams, pick-ups, we were never allowed on the same team, it just actually wouldn’t be fair. So all the teams actually started with me on one team, her on the other, and then we’d disperse the teams from there.”