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Maya Moore to be inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

The two-time national champion will be enshrined as part the hall of fame’s 2024 class.

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UConn women’s basketball great Maya Moore will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2024. She’ll be the seventh Husky enshrined, joining Geno Auriemma (class of 2006), Swin Cash (2021), Chris Dailey (2018), Rebecca Lobo (2010), Jennifer Rizzotti (2013) and Kara Wolters (2017).

Moore is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the game. She helped UConn win national championships in 2009 and 2010 — the only teams ever to complete back-to-back undefeated seasons — while being a three-time national player of the year and four-time All-American. Moore is the only 3,000-point scorer in program history with 3,036 total and owns the highest career scoring average at 19.7 points per game.

The first pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, Moore went on to play eight seasons with the Minnesota Lynx. She won four championships (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), won MVP in 2014 and made six All-Star teams. On the international level, she won gold with Team USA at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Moore stepped away from basketball in 2019 to focus on social justice issues, and eventually helped overturn a wrongful conviction against family friend Jonathan Irons, who she later married. Moore officially announced her retirement from basketball in Jan. 2023.

“This is just the beginning, I’m sure,” Auriemma said on Friday. “She’ll be in everybody’s Hall of Fame by the time it’s over.

Next up for Moore is the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, which requires a player be “fully retired” for at least four seasons before becoming eligible for selection. While the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame started the clock from the time Moore stopped playing, it’s unclear whether the Naismith Hall of Fame will consider 2019 or 2023 the start of her retirement.

Regardless, it’s a matter of when, not if with Moore. Once she’s inducted in Springfield, UConn will retire her No. 23 — just as its done for the school’s other Hall of Famers: Ray Allen (No. 34), Lobo (50) and Cash (32).