Maya Moore on WNBA All-Star Weekend, hazing

Thu, Jul 21

Just landing in San Antonio, Minnesota Lynx rookie Maya Moore is looking to catch her breath heading into WNBA All-Star Weekend.

It's been a whirlwind few months.

Moore was named Player of Year at UConn in the spring, was the No. 1 draft pick in the WNBA draft in May and this week was named for having the top selling jersey in the pro women's basketball league.

And she's starting for the Western Conference in Saturday's game at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

"I think the transition for college basketball to the pros has been going well," said Moore, who is averaging 14 points and five rebounds for the Lynx. "I didn't expect to come in and have the same stats as college. It's a testament to how great the WNBA is."

At UConn, Moore average nearly 20 points a game for four years, including winning two national titles and leading the Huskies to a record-setting 90-game win streak.

Now she's one of several scorers on the Lynx (10-4), who have the best record in the league.

"At UConn, I had this big leadership role, getting rebounds and scoring points, but here, on the Lynx, we have a lot of players who can score," Moore said. "Every day my teammates are challenging me and helping me get better each game. You can't expect to just come in and dominate."

Joining Moore on the Western Conference team are Seattle's Sue Bird and Swin Cash, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles' Candace Parker. Because of an injury, Parker will be replaced in the starting lineup by Tulsa's Liz Cambage. The Eastern Conference starters are New York's Cappie Pondexter, Indiana's Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and Connecticut's Tina Charles.

There's one thing Moore hasn't enjoyed this first season: hazing.

"The veterans picked the outfits for us rookies for our first road trip," Moore said. "They wanted us all to look like grandmas. That's definitely not my taste. We even had these little hats that said Rookie No. 1, Rookie No. 2 and Rookie No. 3."

So now that she's in San Antonio, Moore is ready to "show the fans our fun side a little bit" and have a good game.

And she's left one thing back in Minnesota: "The bag of grandma clothes. I still have it."