Maya Moore was named the Western Conference Player of the Month today and that comes as no surprise to Lynx fans. The former MVP kicked off the regular season by posting 27 points and a career-high 10 assists. She's the only player in WNBA history to record double-digit assists on opening day and her ball-movement has been marvelous to start the season.
Through six games, Moore is averaging 22.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game leading the Lynx to a 6-0 start. She is the only non-guard in the top five for assists per game in the WNBA. Her rebounds are down this year, but that is expected now that Sylvia Fowles is around full-time. She's shooting 54.4 percent, a career-high clip, and what's most impressive is her plus-minus of +19 per game this year.
She has been, without a doubt, the most dominant player in the West. After the last home game, Moore was asked why she thinks the team has been so good to start the new year.
"This team was going in a really good direction to end the season last year and coming into camp we felt that same energy carrying over, so we tried to make sure we made the most of our training camp and I think we absolutely did," Moore said.
Indeed, the Lynx have made the most of camp. The defending champions have continued their undefeated streak in the month of May over the last five seasons. In the East, New York Liberty forward Tina Charles was named player of the month while leading the league in scoring (23.4 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg).
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