On Tuesday, USA Basketball announced that Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was named the 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. Moore led the women's national team to a Gold Medal finish in the FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey, where she averaged 15.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game during the tournament.
2014 was another excellent year for Moore in her young career. Last year, she won the 2014 WNBA MVP award after leading the league in scoring and carrying an injury-hobbled Lynx team. She was also a WNBA All-Defensive Second Team selection. Though the Lynx missed making the Finals for the first time since 2010, the year before Moore started playing in the WNBA, Minnesota still managed to win 25 games for the fourth consecutive season, despite the injuries to many of Moore's teammates.
On top of all the award honors, Moore was part of one of the best plays during the playoffs. To be honest, I have a feeling that Maya Moore is the WNBA logowoman! Why?
The league might as well say it right now! :)
TL;dr version: The USA Basketball Athlete of the Year award is another well-deserved award for a well-deserving candidate. Congratulations, Maya!