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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

WNBA title No. 4 for UConn legend Maya Moore

Maya Moore continues to add to her winning legacy as she became the first UConn alum to win four WNBA championships.

Moore had 18 points including two on a jumper in the final 30 seconds after Los Angeles used a 9-0 run to pull within three points. She also had 10 rebounds and two steals as all five Minnesota Lynx starters scored in double figures in a 85-76 win over defending champion Los Angeles in the decisive fifth game of the WNBA Championship Series.

Moore averaged 17.8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.2 steals per game in the championship series.
Sylvia Fowles had 17 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots, Lindsay Whalen also had 17 points while Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson had 14 and 13 points respectively. Former UConn star Renee Montgomery had two points as she was a member of her second WNBA championship team.

Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and 8 assists while Odyssey Sims added 14 points for Los Angeles.

This is the 12th time in the last 15 years that the WNBA champion featured at least one former UConn product and 14th time the championship team had at least one UConn grad on its team.

Moore entered the playoffs tied with Diana Taurasi and Swin Cash for the most WNBA titles by UConn grads with three. Montgomery joins Sue Bird, Kelly Schumacher and Jen Rizzotti as the only other former Huskies to be members of more than one WNBA championship team.

I broke it down and here's the won-loss record of teams Moore has played on (not including her overseas squads)

182-56 Minnesota Lynx (regular season, had best record in Western Conference six times, best regular-season record in WNBA five times)
 40-15 Minnesota Lynx (playoffs) 4 titles in 7 seasons
125-3 Collins Hill High School state titles in final three seasons
 73-6 Georgia Metros 4 AAU national titles
 51-0 USA Basketball U18, U19, World University Games gold medals, two world titles, two Olympic gold medals
150-4 UConn
621-84 .881 percent

Here's the breakdown of UConn alums playing in the WNBA championship series
2017: Minnesota (Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore) def. Los Angeles
2016: Los Angeles def. Minnesota (Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore)
2015: Minnesota (Kalana Greene, Asjha Jones, Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore) def. Indiana
2014: Phoenix (Diana Taurasi) def. Chicago
2013: Minnesota (Maya Moore) def, Atlanta (Tiffany Hayes)
2012: Indiana def. Minnesota (Maya Moore)
2011: Minnesota (Maya Moore, Charde Houston) def. Atlanta
2010: Seattle (Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Svetlana Abrosimova) def. Atlanta
2009: Phoenix (Diana Taurasi, Ketia Swanier) def. Indiana (Jessica Moore)
2008: Detroit (Kelly Schumacher) def. San Antonio
2007: Phoenix (Diana Taurasi, Kelly Schumacher) def. Detroit (Swin Cash)
2006: Detroit (Swin Cash) def. Sacramento
2005: Sacramento def. Connecticut (Nykesha Sales, Asjha Jones)
2004: Seattle (Bird) def. Connecticut (Nykesha Sales, Asjha Jones)
2003: Detroit (Swin Cash) def. Los Angeles
2000: Houston (Jen Rizzotti) def. New York
1999: Houston (Jen Rizzotti, Kara Wolters) def. New York (Rebecca Lobo-injured and did not play)
1997: Houston def. New York (Rebecca Lobo)



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