Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Lynx: Maya one of finalists for top college award

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Sports Updated: June 22, 2011 - 8:49 PM

Maya Moore has won so many awards already, but she is in line for another. Her second Honda-Broderick Cup, which goes to the top collegiate woman athlete of the year.

This is the fourth time she has been one of the candidates and she won it last year for her exploits at UConn.

The other two finalists are volleyball player Blair Brown of Penn State and runner Sheila Reid of Villanova. The winner will be named Monday.

As a pro, Maya is doing pretty well too. Her is a look at her games so far:

THE MAYAN YEAR

June 2, Los Angeles 82, Lynx 74/ First pro game

Stats line: 21 points (7x17, incl. 4x11 on threes), 4  rebs., 4 assists

The quote: "I think she'll do great things in this league. She'll be a tough matchup for anybody." -- Candace Parker, Los Angeles

June 5, Lynx 86, Los Angles 69/   Home debut

Stats line: 16 points, 14 in the second half (6x13, 2x6 on threes), 3 rebs.,1 assist, 2 steals

The quote: "She puts the ball in the hole for us and that's great, but she made so many big plays on defense for us too." -- Coach Cheryl Reeve on Moore

June 7, Lynx 75, Tulsa 65/  Struggled from field

Stats line: Only seven points (2x10, incl. 1x4 on threes), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals

The quote: "With Maya, she was rushed. She got away from the poise that she had on Sunday [in a victory over Los Angeles]." -- Reeve

June 9, Lynx 81, Seattle 74/ Best game of season. Maybe.

Stats line: 14 pts. (7x10, missed only three-point shot), 6 rebs., 1 assist

The quote: "Sometimes the ball just goes in. But I thought we came in with the right mindset and we were ready and prepared. We knew we had to come in with a really tough mindset because it's really hard to get wins in this place." -- Moore

June 17, Lynx 96, Atlanta 85/ Missing on boards

Stats line: 13 pts. (6x14, 0x3 on threes), 2 rebs., 4 assists, 3 steals, zero turnovers

The quote: Still looking for a good one.

June 19, Lynx 77, Atlanta 64/ Season high in rebounds, assists

Stats line: 12 pts. (4x12, 1x4 on threes), 8 rebs., 5 assists, 1 block

The quote: "It was a great day," Moore said. "It starts on the court. The team came out and really executed and had a great first quarter and a great third quarter. That really helped give us a cushion when Atlanta made that run. The energy in the building was great. I saw a bunch of people I knew that were there to support me. A lot of players from my former AAU team, the Georgia Metros were there, so I wanted to reach out to them and say thank you for coming. I was just glad that they were there to scream for my Lynx.”

MAYA ON THE WNBA

“It is a different feeling as a pro," said Moore, who played at UConn. "In college, I didn’t get as much time to interact with the fans and let them know my appreciation. Here it’s a little more laid back and I can interact a little bit more. There are different fans too that come between the college and pro game. So hopefully people that haven’t watched the WNBA before will want to come back now.”

 On the court, "the speed is the biggest change. Just going too fast sometimes, rushing at times. So it’s just about getting into it and slowing down and playing with poise. That’s what my coaches always tell me to do so just continue to see what that looks like as a pro. With the great talent I have around me, it’s whatever I need to do for the team and making something positive happen for the team. Everyone is more talented, stronger and longer. I have to make more adjustments on the defensive end.”

Moore's career record since high school

Lynx                      5-1

UConn             150-4

Collins H.S.    125-3

Totals               280-8 ... that's a 97.2 winnning percentage

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