Former UConn Huskies star Maya Moore was originally selected to be a captain in the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game held at her home arena in Minneapolis, MInnesota. Instead, she passed on the captaincy and gave the duties to Candace Parker as Moore wanted to enjoy the weekend while hosting the other All-Stars.
It turned out to be a good idea for Moore as she helped lead Team Parker to a 119-112 win over Team Delle Donne. Moore’s 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists were good enough for her third-straight WNBA All-Star Game MVP Award.
“To just be fortunate enough to be in positions to continue to win, to be playing well, to be healthy, to be here, and obviously to do it here in front of our home fans, friends, family is so special and makes it even more special.” Moore said after the game.
Moore’s three All-Star Game MVP Awards put her in the same company with Lisa Leslie, who also won three. The Minnesota Lynx star also passed Tamika Catchings for the most points in All-Star Game history.
Four other Huskies played in the game as well with Moore. Tina Charles, who was part of Team Parker, had seven points, five rebounds and two assists.
The other three former UConn stars were on Team Delle Donne. Breanna Stewart had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists while her Seattle Storm teammate Sue Bird had five points and eight assists. Diana Taurasi had just three points but had six rebounds and six assists.