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Maya Moore
Maya Moore at Championship Dinner
Maya Moore at Championship Dinner
College Connecticut
Sport Basketball
Position Forward
Jersey # 23
Class Junior
Career 2007–present
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Nationality USA
Born June 11, 1989 (1989-06-11) (age 20)
Jefferson City, Missouri
2008 USBWA National Freshman of the Year
2009 Big East Player of the Year
2009 Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Performer
2009 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America First Team
2009 USBWA National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association
2009 AP All-America first team
2009 Women's NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team
2009 State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year
2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team
2009 Naismith Trophy
2009 Women's John R. Wooden Award
2009 NCAA Championship

Maya April Moore (born June 11, 1989) is an American basketball forward for the University of Connecticut Huskies, and the winner of the 2006 and 2007 Naismith Prep Player of the Year. She was selected as the John Wooden Award winner in 2009 after leading Connecticut to the undefeated national championship.



Maya April Moore was born on June 11, 1989 in Jefferson City, Missouri. She is the daughter of Kathryn Moore, and Mike Dabney a guard from Rutgers University Final Four team in 1976. [1] Moore had her first exposure to basketball at the age of three. Her mother mounted a hoop on the back door of their apartment to prevent her from running around the apartment[2].

Collins Hill High School

As a junior in 2005-06, she was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year after leading Collins Hill High School to Georgia's Class 5A state championship. She was only the second junior to win the Naismith award [3] Her first dunk was one-handed off an alley-oop pass in warm-ups at a dunk contest in Charlotte, NC in December 2005. She was 16 at the time.[4]

In December 2006, she led the Collins Hill Eagles over Poly (Long Beach, California) by a score of 75-61, resulting in her being selected unanimously as the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Arizona. In the title game of the "T-Mobile Invitational" in Seattle, she scored 48 points in a win over St. Elizabeth (Wilmington, Delaware).

In 2007, Moore became Collins Hill High School's all-time leader in points and rebounds. During her first three seasons at Collins Hill, the school amassed a 94-3 record.[3] Moore announced that she would play college basketball at the University of Connecticut.[5] Once again, she led Collins Hill High to another Georgia Class 5A state championship and was named the Naismith Prep Female Player of the Year for 2007. It is rumored that her choice of University of Connecticut over The University of Tennessee Lady Vols, and Pat Summitt's suspicion of recruiting violations on UConn's part, caused her to end the schools' early highly anticipated home and home match-up.

University of Connecticut

Moore led the Huskies to a 36-2 record in the 2007-08 NCAA season, their best record since their Final Four appearance of 2004. During the season, Moore averaged a team-high 17.8 points per game, and hit 42% of her three point shots. She was second to Candace Parker in the Associated Press Player of the Year voting. Moore also placed second on the team in rebounds with 7.6 per game and blocks with 1.6 per game. She was the first freshman, male or female, to be named the Big East Player of the Year. Moore won the award again as a sophomore.

In 2008-2009, Moore lead the team in scoring and steals, and tied Tina Charles for total rebounds en route to a 39–0 season, culminating in an NCAA National Championship.[6]

Moore was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009, one of only three college players and the only junior to be invited to the training camp.[7] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational. [7]

Moore was one of twenty players named to the national team pool. Twelve of this group will be chosen to represent the USA in the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.[8]

On 7 March, against Syracuse, Maya Moore scored the 2,000th point of her college career. She is the first player at UConn to accomplish this feat as a junior.[9]

Awards and honors

  • She was named to the U.S. U-18 National Team in 2006, and helped that team qualify for the 2007 U19 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • In 2008, she became the first freshman in BIG EAST Basketball history (men or women) to be named as the BIG-EAST Player of the Year.
  • Through Moore's two seasons so far at UConn Moore has had only 3 games where she didn't reach double digits. Those games are a 7 point effort vs. Pittsburgh (3/10/08), 7 points vs. Rutgers (4/1/08) and 8 points vs. Villanova (2/24/09)
  • Moore also broke the UConn single-season record for most points as a freshman (678) breaking the mark set by Svetlana Abrosimova, who had 538 in 1997-98.
  • Scored her 1,000th career point on January 20, 2009 (in just her 55th game at UConn) at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut while scoring 40 points over the Syracuse Orange. The previous UConn record for the least games needed to reach 1,000 points was 63 by Svetlana Abrosimova.
  • Maya Moore becomes UConn's all-time single-season scoring leader with 712 points[10], ends season with 754 points[11]



Maya Moore
Maya Moore in Parade celebrating UConn undefeated National Championship


  • All-BIG EAST First Team (unanimous)[24]
  • Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year[25]
  • Academic All-America of the Year award[26]


High School Stats

Season Games PPG RPG SPG
2004-05 32 17.4 8.6 2.8
2005-06 32 23.2 11.3 5.4

High School Totals

Number of Seasons Games PPG RPG SPG
3 97 19.3 8.6 3.5

University of Connecticut Statistics

Maya Moore Statistics[27] at University of Connecticut
2007-08 38 275 506 0.543 73 174 0.420 55 74 0.743 290 7.6 116 80 59 63 1121 678 17.8
2008-09 39 284 545 0.521 90 226 0.398 96 123 0.780 348 8.9 127 61 59 76 1209 754 19.3
Totals 77 559 1051 0.532 163 400 0.408 151 197 0.766 638 8.3 243 141 118 139 2330 1432 18.6


  1. ^ Sports Illustrated, November 17, 2008, p.70
  2. ^ "SI Vault". Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Sports Illustrated, p. 39, January 15, 2007
  4. ^ 2006 All-USA preps girls basketball team
  5. ^ Sports Illustrated for Kids, February 2007
  6. ^ "Connecticut Huskies". STATS LLC.. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  7. ^ a b "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C.". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  8. ^ "Charles, Moore lead U.S. pool additions". ESPN. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Adamec, Carl (11 March 2010). "UConn women: Plenty of challenges ahead". Journal Inquirer. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Hartford Courant".,0,766169.story. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "UConn official site". Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "USBWA WOMEN'S HONORS". Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  13. ^ "". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  14. ^ "Big East press release". Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  15. ^ "UConn Press release". Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "USBWA Press release". Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  17. ^ "ESPN". Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  18. ^ "UConn Press Release". Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  19. ^ "WBCA Press Release". Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  20. ^ "WBCA Press Release". Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  21. ^ "NaismithPress Release". Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  22. ^ "Wooden Award Press Release". Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  23. ^ "Lakers, LeBron among ESPY winners". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  24. ^ "Connecticut's Moore and Charles Highlight Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams". Big East Conference. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  25. ^ Altavilla, John (5 March 2010). "Tina Charles, Geno Auriemma Win Big East Top Honors". Hartford Courant.,0,2349377.story. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  26. ^ "UConn women's notebook: Moore honored for academics". 24 February 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  27. ^ "UConn Media Guide". pp. 143. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 

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