What better way to kick off our first curvthlete feature than showcasing the phenomenal talent that is lady baller, Maya Moore! Maya April Moore first exploded onto the scene of women’s basketball as a junior raking in accolades such as the 2007 Gatorade National Player of the Year, Naismith High School Player of the Year (junior and senior year) awards and a two-time McDonald’s All-America selection. Since then Ms Moore has been rocking the roster of the Lady Huskies at the University of Connecticut averaging 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Throughout the course of her college career, she has been setting records with career highs like 40 pts in a game (vs. Syracuse on 1/17/09), 10 3 pointers in a game (vs. vs. Syracuse on 1/17/09) and 20 rebounds in a game (vs. Syracuse on 2/24/09).
In addition to her excellence on the court, what makes this forward from Lawrenceville, GA a curvthlete is her statuesque build. Maya stands at 6’0 ft tall and a curvy 170 lbs. Though this basketball diva’s appearance and accomplishments are commanding, her attitude is far from imposing.
“I don’t really pay attention to that kind of stuff,” Moore said. “Obviously, it is an honor to be respected and looked [upon] in that way in the basketball world, but it is just not something I am thinking about a whole lot.”
Despite her humbleness regarding her talents, one can’t help but acknowledge Moore’s potential for greatness. Could she be the best female basketball player to ever play for UConn? When it’s all said and done, very likely. The senior forward has been named ESPN’s Preseason Player of the Year for three straight seasons thanks to 39-0 records, two consecutive NCAA championships and a women’s NCAA Division I record 78 straight victories under her leadership. Add an Olympic gold medalist to her resume and it doesn’t seem like Moore has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
“She would be a dream spokesperson for someone,” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said. “She’s so talented, so personable. She has all the qualities a parent could want.”
Foregoing the 2010 WNBA Draft to lead her team to another NCAA championship, Maya’s stock continues to rise. Analysts are already predicting she will steal the show and be drafted first to the Minnesota Lynx in the 2011 WNBA Draft. Outside of athletics, the 21 year old with a love for Maya Angelou, boasts a 3.7 GPA in sports media and promotion.
With curves, brains, athleticism, sky is the limit. Watch out for this curvthlete to soar to new heights!
Sources: USA Today , UConnHuskies.com , ESPN , NYTimes