Jessica Moore (basketball)

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Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore at induction ceremony cropped (Karwoski).jpg
WNBA's Connecticut Sun  – No. 30
Forward/Center
Born (1982-07-09) July 9, 1982 (age 31)
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
College Connecticut
Draft 24th overall, 2005
Charlotte Sting
WNBA career 2005–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Charlotte Sting (2005)
Los Angeles Sparks (2005–2008)
Indiana Fever (2009–2010)
Connecticut Sun (2011)
Atlanta Dream (2012)
Connecticut Sun (2012-present)

Jessica Moore (born July 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for the Connecticut Sun. Jessica was a Center for the UConn Huskies from 2000–2005.

High school[edit]

Jessica was introduced to basketball at the age of 10 by her older brother. By the time Jessica reached Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska, she a good all-around athlete. She was on the basketball, track and volleyball teams. The basketball team reached the state finals four times winning the State Championship twice, and the volleyball team also won two State Championships. Jessica was voted Alaska’s Athlete Of The Year her junior and senior high school years. Her most memorable experience from high school was winning her first of two State Championships in 1998.

AAU[edit]

Jessica got recognition from an Athletic Amateur Union (AAU) in Oregon. The coach spoke to Jessica’s high school coach, inviting her to play for his team during the second half of the summer. This team traveled all around the country, offering her great exposure. During her sophomore, junior and senior summers, she spent half of it with her Alaska team, and half playing, and living in Oregon.

College[edit]

Jessica narrowed her college choices down to four – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Oregon, University of Connecticut and Ohio State University. She chose the University of Connecticut because of the family atmosphere and the high possibility of winning a National Championship. Once she picked a school she had to decide if she would play both volleyball and basketball or just pick one. She picked basketball to focus on. The basketball team was already stacked with post players so Jessica wasn’t going to get much playing time as a freshman. She was a medical red shirted player her first year gaining an extra year of eligibility. It all paid off, the Huskies won three National Championships in Jessica's years at Connecticut. However it would not come without some hardship. During the championship game (the 3rd Championship) Jessica suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in the second half of the game. She remained in the game finishing with 14 points, and nine rebounds despite the injury that would require surgery. In May 2005, Jessica earned her Bachelors Degree in Political Science.

WNBA[edit]

Jessica was selected number 24 by the Charlotte Sting in the 2005 WNBA Draft. The team struggled and then made some roster changes. She was cut but not without notice from other league teams. Two days later she was picked up by the Los Angeles Sparks where she enjoyed a winning team making it to the WNBA playoffs. In the WNBA off-season she went over to Europe to play basketball. She played in Spain for Universitario de Ferrol, and the next year she played in France for Challes Les Eux.

In 2011, Moore was waived by the Indiana Fever, but picked up by the Connecticut Sun.[1]

UConn statistics[edit]

Jessica Moore Statistics[2] at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
2001–02 39 81 139 0.583 0 1 0 50 86 0.58 154 3.9 33 44 37 22 719 212 5.4
2002–03 38 167 275 0.607 69 106 0.651 225 5.9 52 81 38 30 982 403 10.6
2003–04 35 141 228 0.618 1 2 0.5 49 90 0.544 247 7.1 41 57 27 30 882 332 9.5
2004–05 33 110 213 0.516 1 7 0.143 55 79 0.696 208 6.3 41 42 23 22 771 276 8.4
Totals 145 499 855 0.584 2 10 0.2 223 361 0.618 834 5.8 167 224 125 104 3354 1223 8.4

Huskies of Honor induction[edit]

On December 29, 2013, the University of Connecticut inducted two women's basketball team, the National Championship winning teams of 2002–03 and 2003–04 into the Huskies of Honor. Moore was a player for each of those two seasons.[3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sun Add Jessica Moore To Roster". June 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ "UConn Media Guide". p. 143. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  3. ^ Altavilla, John (December 29, 2013). "Taurasi-Era Teams Inducted Into Huskies Of Honor". Hartford Courant (Tribune Company). Retrieved 30 Dec 2013. 

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