Maya Moore finished up a legendary career at the University of Connecticut, winning two national championships and being a four-time All-American. She immediately jumped to the WNBA as the No. 1 pick of the Minnesota Lynx, and averaged 13.2 points per game for a playoff team.
Moore has been in the national spotlight since she was 18 years old, and she understands what it takes to be an elite basketball player. Recently, Moore answered questions for iHoops.com on her life as a WNBA player, what sacrifices she must make and how she keeps her body game-ready.
What does it take to be a successful professional basketball player?
Being able to overcome all the struggle to be the best. Approach your craft with respect. Do whatever it takes for the betterment of the team and everyone involved for the common goal. Being a good role model for everyone watching you. Even when you're tired, giving out that high five and signing that autograph is all part of being a professional.
What kind of sacrifices do you make to have a WNBA career?
Part of the grind of being a pro is all the travel and time spent working on your game. The time away from friends and family perfecting my craft to try and be the best.
What's a typical day like for a WNBA player?
On off days, I catch up on emails, handle any business and make sure I relax.
Game days, I get rest and focus on scouting reports. I try to learn as much as I can about opponents, new teams, players and styles. I spend time watching film.
What's your free-throw routine like?
It's just another shot. I take three dribbles, take a second, then shoot. I don't like to think a lot at the line. Just let the muscle memory take over.
What do you eat on a typical game day?
Chicken and pasta. I love pasta. I get some veggies in there, and to stay hydrated, some sports drinks and water.
I make sure I eat a balanced meal, not too much of one thing. I like to have my vegetables, some protein, some carbs, my oils, some fish. It's all about balance.
What is the toughest shot to defend? Who's the best at that shot?
The fadeaway/step back, especially in 3-point range. Diana Taurasi (is the best at it). The other great ones at it, I face in practice with Seimone (Augustus) and Lindsay (Whalen). Players with great body control can abuse the defense.