Carolyn Moos

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Carolyn Moos
Moos, 2010
Personal information
Born (1978-05-23) May 23, 1978 (age 38)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1]
Career information
High school The Blake School
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
College Stanford (1997–2001)
WNBA draft 2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 53rd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury
Position Center
Number 53
Career history
2001 Phoenix Mercury
2002 Miami Sol
2003 Minnesota Lynx

Carolyn Moos (/ˈms/; born May 23, 1978[1]) is an American former collegiate and professional basketball player.

Moos won a gold medal playing for the United States in the Junior Olympics traveling to Frankfurt, Slovakia, Brazil and Chetumal. She lived in France for a time where she played professional basketball after completing her B.A. at Stanford. In the WNBA (2001–2003) she played for three teams: the Phoenix Mercury, Miami Sol and Minnesota Lynx. Moos has an M.A. from USC and is a nutritional consultant and personal trainer.[2]

Early life and high school[edit]

Moos was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she is the daughter of Melinda and Charles Moos. She has an older brother, Dan Moos. In her youth she was a dedicated show horse jumper from the age of nine until she turned thirteen, along with enjoying tennis, soccer, hockey, swimming and dance.

She began playing basketball in the sixth grade as even in her youth she was quite tall, already standing over six feet tall at thirteen years old. She was influenced by her family and her older brother Dan and was later approached by her school's coach, Julie Grim, who later became her mentor, and who convinced her to play the game. She played for the North Tartan AAU team that won nationals and earned the Sporting News Top Student Athletes in the Country among other awards.[3]

Moos played for The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was named a WBCA All-American.[4] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored eight points.[5]

Moos was also one of the finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year in 1997, some of which joined her on the USA Jr. Olympic team that won a gold in Brazil.[6]

She totaled 2,040 points and 1,360 rebounds in four years, while shooting 62.0% from the field. She also scored 50.0% from three-point range. As a senior, Moos averaged 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks per game. She graduated from Blake School in 1997.

USA Basketball[edit]

Moos was named to the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team (now called the U18 team). The team participated in the third Junior World Championship, held in Chetumal, Mexico in late August and early September 1996. The USA team won their early games easily, but lost by four points to the team from Brazil, ending up with the silver medal for the event.[7]

Moos was named to the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team when it was invited to the 1997 FIBA Junior World Championship (now called U19) held in Natal, Brazil. After beating Japan, the next game was against Australia, the defending champion. The USA team pulled out to a 13-point lead in the second half, but gave up the lead and lost the game 80–74. The USA rebounded with a close 92–88 victory over Cuba, helped by 23 points each from Maylana Martin and Lynn Pride. The USA then went on to beat previously unbeaten Russia. After winning the next two games, the USA faced Australia in the gold medal game. The USA team has a three-point lead late, but the Aussies hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Although the Aussies scored first, the USA team came back, then pulled into the lead and held on to win 78–74 to earn the gold, and the first medal for a USA team at a Junior World Championship. Moos averaged 2.0 points per game.[8]


Moos attended Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Communications and played on its women's basketball team.[9]

In her senior year, she averaged 8.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 111 career games with the Cardinal and finished as Stanford's 23rd all-time leading scorer (944 points) and the 20th all-time leading rebounder (497). Her 110 blocked shots ranked 10th on the Pacific-10 Conference's all-time list. As a junior, Moos was named honorable mention All-Pac 10 after leading Stanford with 12.4 ppg and 5.5 rpg.[6]

Career highs[edit]

Year University Games Minutes
Stanford University
Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals


In 2001, Moos was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury, as the 53rd pick, in the fourth round. Moos played overseas professionally in France in the FIBA for the 2001-2002 season. In the 2002 WNBA season she played for the Miami Sol.[10]

International career[edit]

Moos has played basketball abroad representing the USA in numerous countries such as France, Austria, Slovakia, Mexico and Brazil. She played for the USA team and won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in Brazil.


  • 1997 Nike/WBCA All-America
  • 1997 Parade Magazine First Team All-America
  • 2000 Honorable Mention All-Pac-10
  • 1997 Gatorade Central Region Player of the Year
  • 2000 Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic
  • 1997 Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year
  • 1998-99 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention
  • 1997 Sporting News Top Student Athletes in the Country
  • 1997 Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist
  • 1996 USA Basketball Junior National Team
  • 1997 Parade Magazine First Team All-America
  • 1996 Parade Magazine Fourth Team All-America
  • 1997 USA Today First Team All-America
  • 1996 Associated Press Minnesota Player of the Year
  • 1997 Nike/WBCA All-America
  • 1996 USA Today Minnesota Player of the Year
  • 1997 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team
  • 1996 Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year
  • 1997 Blue Star Index No. 1 Post Player
  • 1995, 1996, 1997 Street & Smith's Preseason All-America

Personal life[edit]

Moos was engaged to fellow Stanford alumnus and NBA basketball player Jason Collins, with whom she had an eight-year relationship. The wedding was cancelled in the summer of 2009 by Collins. In 2013, Collins came out as gay in a personal essay published in Sports Illustrated. Moos was unaware of Collins' sexual orientation until a few days before he publicly came out.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Carolyn Moos Profile". Stanford website. Archived from the original on August 13, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Reilly, Rick. Collins' ex-fiancee offers support, ESPN, April 30, 2013
  3. ^ Carolyn Moos: ACE Certified Nutritional Consultant and Personal Trainer Archived November 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  5. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "LYNX: Lynx Sign The Blake School Graduate Carolyn Moos". 2003-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Third Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team -- 1996". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fourth FIBA Women's U19/Junior World Championship -- 1997". USA Basketball. January 20, 2011. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Joshua Mason (February 2, 2001). "Squad must fill tall order to take out Stanford crew". The Daily Bruin. 
  10. ^ "Carolyn Moos Player Info". 2003-09-17. Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  11. ^ Augustine, Bernie (2013-04-30). "Jason Collins' jilted fiancé Carolyn Moos didn't know he was gay until last weekend: report". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  12. ^ Rush, Curtis (2013-05-01). "NBA's Jason Collins' former fiancée Carolyn Moos says gay announcement 'a lot to process'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 

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