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Four-time champion Maya Moore retires from WNBA

Jan 27, 2020; Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Former UConn Huskies player Maya Moore is honored before the game against the UConn Huskies and 2020 USA Womens National Team at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Maya Moore officially retired from the WNBA on Monday, making the announcement on “Good Morning America.”

“I think it’s time to put a close to the pro basketball life,” she said.

Moore hasn’t played in the WNBA since 2018, when she announced plans to commit time to criminal justice reform.

Moore entered the WNBA in 2011 as the No. 1 pick of the Minnesota Lynx on the heels of leading UConn to the national title. She captured the Rookie of the Year award and the first of four WNBA titles (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017). Minnesota appeared in the playoffs eight consecutive seasons with Moore on the roster.

An All-WNBA pick five consecutive seasons, Moore was league MVP in 2014 and a six-time All-Star with three All-Star MVP awards.

“It was a dream come true for me to play basketball at the highest level and help build the foundation for women’s basketball,” Moore said. “Ever since I was drafted in 2011, the state of Minnesota, Lynx organization and fan base welcomed me with open arms and supported me throughout my entire career. I will forever be grateful for Glen Taylor, Coach Reeve and the Lynx community for all of the support and am excited to continue this next chapter in my life.”

In 271 career games, Moore become the Lynx franchise leader in scoring average (18.4), 3-point field goals made (530) and steals (449), and finished second in total points scored (4,984), field goals made (1,782), assists (896) and blocks (176). She holds the single-season franchise record for points (812, 2014) and scoring average (23.9, 2014).

–Field Level Media