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Maya Moore Puts the 'M' In MVP

August, 22, 2014
Aug 22

Minnesota Lynx star and Uncle Drew pal Maya Moore was presented with the 2014 WNBA MVP award before Thursday’s playoff opener against the San Antonio Stars. Naturally, the home crowd was pretty happy for her.

The fans in attendance weren’t the only ones ecstatic for Moore. Celebrity admirers came out in full force on Twitter to congratulate her on the honor.

Clearly looking to validate her new title, Moore scored 24 points to help lead the Lynx to an 88-84 victory and a 1-0 series lead. And if that wasn’t enough, she did THIS.

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I think Kevin Durant can best sum this whole thing up.

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7 fast facts for UConn-Baylor

January, 13, 2014
Jan 13
Kim Mulkey, Geno AuriemmaAP Photo/Jessica HillGeno Auriemma has an 856-133 record in his 29th season at UConn, and Kim Mulkey is 386-82 in her 14th season at Baylor.

No. 7 Baylor puts its 69-game home winning streak on the line tonight (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN) in Waco against top-ranked UConn. Here are some fast facts about the rivalry, which is 2-2 all-time:

1. The Huskies won the first meeting, 70-50, in a 2010 Final Four semifinal. It remains their only postseason matchup.

2. UConn’s 65-64 win over Baylor on Nov. 16, 2010, was the team’s 80th straight victory. The Huskies went on to win a record 90 consecutive games, surpassing the UCLA men’s team’s 88-game streak.

3. The Lady Bears have won the last two showdowns -- on Dec. 18, 2011, and Feb. 18, 2013 -- by a combined 11 points.

4. This is the Huskies' second trip to Waco, they are 0-1 at Ferrell Center.

5. During the 2013 meeting, former Baylor standout Brittney Griner reached the 3,000 career-points milestone and had 25 points on the night.

6. Former UConn star and reigning WNBA Finals MVP Maya Moore’s 34 points in the 2010 Final Four game are a series record.

7. The 2013 meeting took place in front of a sellout crowd of 16,294 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

Gifted players share birthday

June, 11, 2013
Diana Taurasi and Maya MooreChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesMaya Moore and Diana Taurasi went a combined 289-12 at UConn and teamed up on the U.S. Olympic team to win gold in London.
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore celebrate their birthdays today -- Taurasi turns 31 and Moore turns 24. Both played for the UConn Huskies and together, but separately, have won a total of five NCAA championships (2002-2004 for Taurasi and 2009-2010 for Moore). Both were first overall picks in the WNBA draft and went on to be named WNBA Rookie of the Year. Taurasi led the Mercury to WNBA titles in 2009 and 2007, and Moore led the Lynx to the WNBA title in 2011. As teammates on last year's Olympic team, the duo helped the U.S. women's national team earn its seventh (and fifth consecutive) gold medal playing for their former college coach Geno Auriemma.