WNBA: Lynx's Moore conference player of month third time
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month for August. This is the third Western Conference Player of the Month award for Moore this season, her second consecutive and fifth in the pa...
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month for August.
This is the third Western Conference Player of the Month award for Moore this season, her second consecutive and fifth in the past six months, having also been honored in August and September of 2013.
After being named player of the week Aug. 4, Moore has received eight player of the week/month awards this season.
She averaged 23.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 3.1 apg in seven games in August, helping Minnesota clinch the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Her month started with a 40-point performance in a win over Tulsa on Aug. 2, becoming the third player in WNBA history to record multiple 40-point games in a season (Diana Taurasi- 2006, Katie Smith- 2001).
Moore continued her strong play with 30 points in a loss to Phoenix on Aug. 9. The output was Moore's WNBA-record 12th 30-point game of the season.
The UConn product ended the regular season on a high note in a win against Tulsa, scoring a team-high 19 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. The win made Minnesota the first franchise in WNBA history to record four-consecutive 25-win seasons.
Moore and the Lynx wrapped up the regular season with a 25-9 record. The leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star Game, Moore started all 34 games for the Lynx and led the WNBA in scoring, averaging 23.9 points per game.
She also finished eighth in rebounding (8.1 rpg), 13th in field goal percentage (48.1), fourth in free-throw percentage (88.4), tied for fourth in steals (1.88 spg) and second in minutes (34.7 mpg).
Moore and the Lynx open the 2014 Western Conference semifinals at home against the San Antonio Stars at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.