Maya Moore named player of the month 05 Sep 13

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore its Western Conference Player of the Month for August. This is the first time in Moore’s career she’s earned the monthly honor, previously being named the Western Conference Player of the Week twice this season. The award marks the fourth time in franchise history a Lynx player has been named Player of the Month, with Lindsay Whalen (August 2011), Seimone Augustus (July 2011) and Rebekkah Brunson (June 2011) previously having received the award.

Moore played her best basketball of the season in August, finishing the month averaging 21.6 points (1st in the Western Conference, 2nd in WNBA) on 56.7% shooting (3rd in West, 6th in WNBA) to post a WNBA-best 25.4 efficiency rating in 12 August contests. She drained a league-high 30 three-pointers in the month (on 50.0% shooting from long-range, 2nd in WNBA), including recording eight multi-three games. Moore’s play was crucial in Minnesota’s 8-4 month, as the team held onto the best record in both the Western Conference and WNBA at 22-7.

Highlights from Moore’s month include:

•    August 6 at San Antonio: Recorded her second 20+ points/10+ rebounds/5+ assists game of the season with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in Minnesota’s 93-80 win.

•    August 8 vs. Washington: Scored a game-high 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting (4-of-7 from three-point range), adding four steals and two blocked shots

•    August 18 vs. New York: Matched a career high with six three-pointers en route to scoring a then-season high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting

•    August 20 at Atlanta: Poured in 12 of her game-high 23 points in the third quarter, finishing 8-for-14 from the floor (4-of-5 from three). She added nine rebounds and a pair of blocks and steals.

•    August 24 vs. Indiana: Scored a career-high 35 points on 15-for-21 shooting, the most points in a game by any player in the WNBA this season.

•    August 31 vs. Seattle: Finished with 30 points – 25 in the first half – on 12-for-15 shooting (4-of-5 from three) to record her second career 30-point effort.

Entering tonight’s game against Los Angeles, Moore ranks third in the WNBA in points (18.6 ppg), three-point percentage (.457) and efficiency (21.8) while ranking seventh in steals (1.7 spg), eighth in free throw shooting (.875), 11th in field goal percentage (.506), 12th in blocks (1.0 bpg) and 14th in rebounding (6.3 rpg). She has posted a team-high 13 games with 20+ points (two 30+ point games), joining Katie Smith and Seimone Augustus as the only players in franchise history to score 35+ points in a game earlier this season.