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Monday, April 11, 2011
Maya Moore can't bear losing, even in paddle ball


Maya Moore, the best women's college basketball player in the nation and now the No. 1 pick in Monday's WNBA draft, has a future in another sport if she wants:

Paddle ball.

"I'm telling you right now, she's great at everything, and paddle ball is no different," said Caroline Doty, who showed up at the draft with some other UConn teammates to root Moore on. "Whenever she sets her mind to something, she doesn't give up."

Here's the story: When the UConn women's team was playing in the NCAA tournament last month, the players had a paddle ball, the kid's toy made up of a paddle with a rubber ball attached to it by a rubber band.

"Maya heard the record was 150 times one of us had done it, and she wanted to break that record," teammate Tiffany Hayes said. "So she went off on her own and practiced. I think for hours."

Moore disputed that.

"I wouldn't say it was for hours. Maybe for an hour," said Moore, who went to the Minnesota Lynx with the first pick. "Hey, I'm competitive at everything. There is no doubt about that. I never give up."

Teammate Kelly Faris said Moore -- who acted as a sister and mother to the whole team -- wants to be great at everything, from playing drums to playing the music video game "Rock Band" to even playing the video game "DJ Hero."

"Wait, I'm the best at 'DJ Hero,'" Hayes interrupted. "That's my game and she knows it."

Moore reluctantly agreed.

"Yeah, that's her thing," Moore said. "Then again, I don't really play it that often. So she can have that title."