Writer: Richard Deitsch
Post Time: 10:37 p.m., Tuesday
BRIDGEPORT, CT. - There is truth and there is hype, and sometimes there is truth in hype. UConn freshman Maya Moore is the truth. She just finished the first half against Texas with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Her team leads by 18. Enjoy the flight to Greensboro, Husky fan.
There are few moments more artful in the women's game than when Moore pulls up for a three-pointer. She was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the opening half including three consecutive three-pointers. Two days ago UConn coach Geno Auriemma said the bar for Moore has been set so high that "it's going to be impossible for her to play the kind of game when all of us will go: ‘Yeah, that's it right there.'" Well, Moore came pretty close in the first half. (So did UConn, which shot 67.7 percent as a team). She had five rebounds and three blocked shots, including a full-length sprint from the other side of the court to take a layup away from Texas senior guard Erneisha Bailey. When Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer calls Moore the best player of the next decade, you may want to believe the hype.