Moriah Jefferson

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Moriah Jefferson
College Connecticut
Conference American Athletic Conference
Sport Basketball
Position Point Guard
Jersey # 4
Class Junior
Career 2012–present
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 122 lb (55 kg)
Nationality American
Born (1994-03-08) March 8, 1994 (age 20)
Dallas, Texas
High school Texas Home Educators' Sports Association, Inc.
Awards
2012 Parade All-America
2012 WBCA High School All-American
2012 McDonald’s High School All-American
2012 MaxPreps All-America first team
2012 USA Today All-USA first team

Moriah Jefferson (born March 18, 1994) is an American basketball player at the University of Connecticut. She completed her high school education in a home-schooled environment in Dallas, Texas while she played basketball as part of the Texas Home Educators Sports Association.

Early life[edit]

Jefferson is the daughter of Robin and Lorenza Jefferson. She has two brothers Joshua and Jeremiah and one sister Danielle Noble.[1]

High School career[edit]

Jefferson played five varsity seasons with the Texas Home Educators Sports Association (THESA) as a homeschooled athlete. Jefferson began playing with THESA's varsity squad as an eighth grader and compiled 509 points, 85 rebounds, 87 assists. In her freshman year she started in 50 of 51 games played and averaged 19.5 ppg., 1.7 rpg., 1.7 apg. and 2.8 spg. to help THESA to a 42-10 record. As a sophomore, Jefferson averaged 17.5 ppg. to help her team to a 42-9 record. During her junior year, she started all 50 games and averaged 21.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 4.0 apg. and 4.0 spg. in aiding her team to a 42-8 record. As a senior, she averaged 17.3 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 3.6 apg. and 5.1 spg. to lead her team to a 41-6 record. Jefferson helped lead the Riders to five NCHBC basketball titles and five NCHBC Texas Region titles and finished her career 3,354 points, 825 rebounds and 728 steals in her career.[1]

Jefferson was selected to the 2012 WBCA High School Coaches' All-America Team. She participated in the 2012 WBCA High School All-America Game, scoring four points.[2][3]

Jefferson was recruited by many schools; she visited Baylor, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M, and was also considering Kentucky and Tennessee, before cutting her list down to Baylor, Connecticut and Texas A&M. She ended up choosing Connecticut.[4][5] She is the first recruit from the state of Texas to play for UConn.[6]

USA Basketball[edit]

Jefferson was named to the USA Basketball U18 team, coached by Katie Meier, the head coach of the University of Miami. Among Jefferson's team mates were Connecticut-bound players Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck. The team played in the Ninth Women's FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women, held in Gurabo, Puerto Rico during August 2012. The USA team won all five games to win the championship and the gold medal. After winning the first fours easily, with winning margins of 40 points or more, the USA fell behind by double-digits ant he gold medal game against Brazil. The team came back from the deficit, and went on to win the game 71–47. Jefferson averaged 5.6 points per game, and, although the shortest player on the team at 5' 7", she tied for third in blocks with five over the course of the event.[7]

Jefferson continued with the team as it became the U19 team, and competed on behalf of the USA at the for the Tenth FIBA U19 World Championship, held in Klaipėda and Panevėžys, Lithuania, in July 2013. The team won all nine games, with a winning margin averaging 43 points per game. Jefferson scored 4.0 points per game, and was third on her team with 31 assists over the course of the event.[8]

University of Connecticut Career[edit]

Freshmen Year[edit]

As a freshman in 2012-13, aided Connecticut to a 35-4 record and the 2013 NCAA National Championship; started two of 39 games and averaged 4.7 ppg. and 1.8 apg. Jefferson ccored in double digits eight times, including three times in the NCAA Tournament, and saw double-digit minutes during each of UConn’s 2013 NCAA games and averaged 6.8 ppg. and 2.0 apg. during the NCAA Tournament. Scored a career-high 16 points versus Idaho in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (3/23/13). She was named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team along with teammate Breanna Stewart.[1]

Sophomore Year[edit]

Jefferson had a breakout year in her sophomore year and became a starter. She started and played all 40 in 2013-2014 season. She was fifth on the team at 10.0 points per contest and led the conference in assists at 4.9 per game and led the league in field goal percentage at 57.5 percent, showing marked improvement from her freshman year in which she shot 42.4 percent from the field/. She tallied double-figures 22 times and recorded six or more assists. Led the Huskies in assists during a team-high 18 games. [9]

University of Connecticut Statistics[edit]

Moriah Jefferson Statistics at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
2012-13 39 73 172 0.424 17 64 0.266 19 25 0.760 64 1.64 69 49 2 52 677 182 4.7
2013-14 40 157 237 0.575 33 79 0.418 53 69 0.768 136 3.40 195 66 9 106 1187 400 10.0
Totals 79 230 445 0.517 50 143 0.350 72 94 0.766 200 2.53 264 115 11 158 1864 582 7.4

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2012—WBCA High School Coaches' All-America Team[2]
  • 2014—AP All-American Honorable Mention [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Moriah Jefferson". USA Basketball. Retrieved 24 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  3. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  4. ^ Hansen, Chris (April 14, 2011). "Moriah Jefferson unfazed by rumors". ESPN. Retrieved 15 Feb 2014. 
  5. ^ Halley, Jim (2011-07-29). "DFW T-Jack Elite guard Moriah Jefferson is at home on court". USA Today. Retrieved 15 Feb 2014. 
  6. ^ Fuller, Jim (2013-02-18). "UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Moriah Jefferson chose Huskies over hometown Lady Bears". New Haven Register (Journal Register CT). Retrieved 15 Feb 2014. 
  7. ^ "NINTH WOMEN'S FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2012". USA Basketball. Retrieved 15 Feb 2014. 
  8. ^ "TENTH FIBA U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP — 2013". USA Basketball. Retrieved 15 Feb 2014. 
  9. ^ "Moriah Jefferson". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Five Women's Hoops Players Garner AP All-American Recognition". UConnHuskies.com. April 1, 2014. Retrieved 2 Apr 2014.