Lynx's Moore lands on all-WNBA first team
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Lynx's season is over, but Maya Moore is still racking up acclaim for her best campaign to date.
The league named Moore to its 2014 all-WNBA first team for the second time in her career. She can add that to a mantle that already includes this year's MVP and top All-Star vote getter, 2013 WNBA Finals MVP and 2011 rookie of the year award, among others.
Joining her on the all-league squads are teammates Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus, both of whom were named to the second team. It's the third straight year all three 2012 London Olympics Team USA members have been received all-WNBA accolades.
"The three Olympians," coach Cheryl Reeve often calls them.
Moore led the league in scoring with 23.9 points per game -- third all-time -- and finished the regular season first in made field goals (295), second in minutes (34.7 per game), second in free throws made (160), eighth in rebounding (8.1 per game), tied for third in 3-point field goals made (62), fourth in free throw percentage (.88.4, 160-of-181), tied for fourth in steals (1.9 per game), sixth in double-doubles (10) and 20th in assists (3.4 per game).
Her 12 30-point games, including a career-high 48 in double overtime against Atlanta, are a WNBA record.
Whalen, 32, started all 34 games en route to her second all-WNBA second team selection; she's made the first team three times, including Minnesota's 2011 and 2013 championship runs. This season, Whalen averaged 14.1 points, 5.6 assists (second in the WNBA) and 4.2 rebounds per game. She's one of two players in league history to tally 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds in a career (Becky Hammon).
Knee injuries that kept Augustus out of 10 regular-season games couldn't stop the 30-year-old from garnering her fifth second team and sixth overall all-WNBA recognition. The leading scorer in franchise history averaged 16.5 points and led the league in 3-point shooting at 51.1 percent.
The trio and Reeve are currently gearing up for the FIBA Women's World Championship with Team USA.
Joining Moore -- the only unanimous selection with 38 votes from the deciding panel of sportswriters and broadcasters -- on the first team are Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi, Los Angeles forward Candace Parker, Phoenix center Brittney Griner and Shock guard Skylar Diggins. Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, Liberty center Tina Charles and Stars guard Danielle Robinson round out the six-member second team.
After beating the Lynx in the Western Conference Finals, Phoenix hosts Chicago Friday night with a chance for a three-game sweep in the WNBA Finals.
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