In a move that's been expected for quite some time, the Minnesota Lynx selected UConn's Maya Moore with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft on Monday. Moore has been the most dominant player in college basketball throughout her career in Storrs, and was a no-brainer No. 1 pick in the draft. It's a game-changing pick for Minnesota, who have a franchise player to build around and someone who can step in and immediately command attention at the professional level in Moore.
Moore has won at every level, leading her high school team to three state championships before moving on to play for Geno Auriemma at Connecticut. All she did at UConn was lead her team to two consecutive NCAA Championships while racking up accolades along the way. Oh, and there was that record winning-streak, which measured 90 games before Stanford finally ended it in Palo Alto this past season.
In 2011, Moore won her second Wooden Award -- her first came in 2009 -- as college basketball's most outstanding player, capping her career at Connecticut with a plethora of awards and honors. She did not, however, finish her career with a win after UConn was upset by Notre Dame in the Final Four, denying Moore and the Huskies a chance for a third-straight NCAA title.
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