Watch Out World . . .
Posted by Casey on November 15, 2007
Kara Lawson called her “the real deal.”
Diana Taurasi said “she’s the man.”
Her name’s Maya Moore and she’s a freshman on the UConn women’s basketball team. I saw her play in a high school tournament on tv last year and she was not only so much better than everyone else, she played with a grace and maturity that most players don’t develop until they’ve gone pro.
She’s the first UConn freshman to score in double figures in her first two college games since Swin Cash did it in 1998 and is the first freshman to score at least 20 points in those first two games. On top of that, she scored 17 points against Swin Cash and the US Women’s National Team a couple of weeks ago.
She got a double-double in the first game of the season against Stony Brook. In 20 minutes she scored 21 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, plus 4 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.
UConn went against Holy Cross for their second game. Moore played only 19 minutes but scored a mind-boggling 31 points–shot 14 of 16 from the floor–grabbed 5 rebounds, plus 4 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks. When she saw the stats after the game, she shook her head and said, “Not enough rebounds.”
It’s going to be a fun year with her breathing down the necks of the CP3‘s (Candace Parker and Courtney Paris) , Sylvia Fowles, and Candice Wiggins for the college players to watch.
I get to see Wiggins and her Stanford team play tonight against the US women’s national team. It’s the last game in the two-week eight game college tour by the US team.
This is another one of those life list things–seeing the national team in person. Covering the Monarchs, I’ve seen all the individual players in person several times but it’s different with them all together wearing the USA uniform.