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Tamika Catachings & Maya Moore Win WNBA Player of the Week Awards

From a WNBA release: Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played Aug. 16 to Aug. 20.

Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve and Maya Moore Earn Awards

Laurel Richie will be in Minnesota to hand out a pair of 'of the year' awards tonight. If you didn't already guess the news that was flying around the internets yesterday, the two honorees have become officialized today. Maya Moore was voted as Rookie of the Year in a landslide, amassing an impressive 38 of the 40 panel votes. Cheryl Reeve was tapped as runaway winner of Coach of the Year, getting 36 of the 40 possible votes. Also announced today was the All-Rookie team, voted upon by the 12 league coaches. Unanimous selections were Moore and San Antonio's Danielle Robinson, with 11 votes each. Courtney Vandersloot (10 votes), Danielle Adams (9 votes) and Liz Cambage (9 votes) round out the top five rookies.

Maya Moore and NBA Hoop Troop Teaming Up for Youth Shopping Spree

Who wants to shop with rookie All-Star Maya Moore in Atlanta? If you are between the ages of 6-14 (or know someone who is) and an NBA Hoop Troop member, you can enter to win a Shot Clock Shopping Spree with Maya in her hometown. So kids, sign up!

WNBA.com: Maya Moore Named WNBA Rookie of the Month for July

Maya Moore's July wasn't necessarily a whole lot better than her June, statistically at least - she made small improvements here and there that added up to being among the few rookies whose VCR increased. But that Moore led all rookies in scoring and steals and was second in rebounds and assists is telling: while most of the top rookies entering the month cooled off a bit, Moore remained consistent and arguably became more efficient. A player to (continue) to watch: Danielle Robinson, who is having quite the rookie point guard season. The biggest improvements (by VCR): Danielle McCray and Jenna O'Hea.

UConn's Maya Moore 3-time Wade Trophy Honoree

Maya Moore becomes the first ever three-time recipient of the Wade Trophy after the announcement of her accomplishment at today's WBCA National Convention. The Wade Trophy, presented annually since 1978, recognizes the best women's college basketball player in the nation at the NCAA Division I level. Other accolades Moore has amassed this season include Big East Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also was tapped as UConn's first four-time All-American. To keep the award-getting flowing, Moore is expected to be named AP Player of the Year later today.

The First Annual (?) Dishin & Swishin WBB Tourney Challenge

Alright it's on! First annual Dishin & Swishin WBB Tourney Challenge. Click on the link in the title to sign up now! I am working to come up with a prize or two for the winners out of the vaults of memorabilia and collectibles at my home. My bracket is already entered, let's see how y'all can do!!! Good luck!!!

Stanford-UConn Agree to Extend Series

As reported by the Hartford Courant's John Altavilla, Stanford and UConn have agreed to a two year extension to their regular season women's basketball series. Geno Auriemma: "We've played them in the last three Final Fours and I hope we make it four times this season."

"If she walked away today, she would still be in the top three."

An article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about how Connecticut's Maya Moore stays in touch with her church in Atlanta provides some interesting quotes about Moore's place - current and historic - in college basketball from Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph and Atlanta Dream coach Marynell Meadors. Joseph puts her up there with Teresa Edwards, Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie. "No doubt she’s on track to become the greatest player ever." (It was Joseph who provided the quote above.) Meadors said, "She’s the great one coming out this year." Meadors, if you remember, was a coach on the United States FIBA gold medal team.

Lynx Fans: Watch Maya Moore Tonight With Coach Cheryl Reeve

If I were in Minnesota, I really can't imagine a better way to watch tonight's game between #1 UConn and #2 Baylor than with Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve. From SBN's Minnesota T'Wolves site Canis Hoopus: #1 UConn (and future Lynx top pick Maya Moore) puts its 79-game win streak on the line tonight against #2 Baylor (and Brittney Griner) and you can watch the action with Lynx staff including coach Cheryl Reeve tonight at Kieran's Irish Pub. This is the premier women's basketball match up of the year. For details, click the link above.

Minnesota Wins Draft Lottery

The draft lottery, composed of the four teams who missed the playoffs, will go as follows: 1. Minnesota 13-21 276 2. Tulsa 6-28 442 3. Chicago 14-20 178 4. Minnesota* 13-21 104 Full first round draft order at link above.

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