Maya Moore: WNBA Rookie of the Month

We're out of superlatives for Maya Moore, so we'll get right to it: she was named the WNBA Player of the Month for July. This comes on the heels of her All-Star appearance, where she not only led all Western Conference forwards in votes, she became the first rookie to start since 2002.

So, yeah, somebody's living right.

And now Moore, the first-overall pick of the Minnesota Lynx, has another award to add to what has to be one of the largest mantles in any home on the planet. Details via

Moore led all rookies in scoring (13.0 ppg), steals (1.6 spg) and minutes (29.4 mpg). She also ranked second in rebounds (4.4 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg) among first-year players. Overall, Moore placed in the top 20 in the league for points and assists for the month. She scored a career-high 26 points on 6-for-9 shooting from three point range, to go with three assists in a win over Connecticut on July 9. In eight games, Moore scored in double digits five times, helping the Lynx to a league best 7-1 record.

Highlights of her month included:

July 9 vs. Connecticut: Scored a career-high 26 points on 6-for-9 shooting from three point range in a 90-67 win.

July 15 vs. Indiana: Recorded 18 points and seven rebounds in an 80-70 win.

July 16 vs. Seattle: Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and added three assists in a 69-62 win.

July 20 vs. Phoenix: Recorded a career-high four steals and scored 14 points in a 106-98 win.

Also worth noting: the Lynx are 13-4 and in first place in the West. For comparison, before Maya arrived, the Lynx finished no better than fifth in the conference the last six seasons. Given her transformative powers, we're expecting Minnesota to win a championship this year.

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