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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mariya Moore -- Intense Competitor


- Salesian's Mariya Moore:  Future Cardinal brings fire

If you read Cardinal Couple on a regular basis, you've probably seen and know the Bay area superstar Mariya Moore will be a freshman on the UofL women's basketball squad this fall. 

You may also be aware that she was one of twelve players picked to play for the USA in the U 18 FIBA Tournaments that begin in late July out in Colorado Springs.

There is also a close resemblance in her name to the name of the UConn/Minnesota Lynx superstar Maya Moore. We're pleased to announce that Mariya Moore brings the same fire and intensity to the court that Maya does. 

You's very simple. Mariya Moore hates to lose. Whether it's left-handed layup competition, playing for the California Girls Basketball State Championships or qualifying for an elite team like the U 18 USA team, Mariya wants to win. 

Moore knows a few things about championship games. The senior helped Salesian reach the Division IV state title game the last three years. She made her commitment to Louisville a day after helping her club team, Cal Stars, reach the finals at Nike Nationals, one of the premier club tournaments of the summer. She is an All-American. 

According to her coach, if you want to bring out the fire in
Moore competed against GabbyGreen
throughout high school
Mariya...tell her she's good but not great at something. You'll see her dedicate and devote her self to achieving a great status.

This bodes well for the concept of teamwork. Teamwork is high on the charts when you look at what Jeff Walz demands out of his players. Coach Walz has also been known to suggest to players things they can do to become great, not good. 

Moore will have a busy summer...learning more about her UofL teammates, competing on a worldwide stage and making the transition from high school to college. 

What will she bring to the Cards? Here's one analysis:

Strong, athletic perimeter performer with emerging perimeter game; slashes, drives and finishes vs. contact; workhorse on glass, handles and distributes in transition; versatile

The 6'0" wing is one of five freshmen who will join a strong returning cast that will try and replace Shoni, Asia, Tia and Nita. 

How will she do?

We'll go out on a limb and say...



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