Affectionately called Mo, Moriah Jefferson is in her first season in the WNBA. Drafted second by the San Antonio Stars, Mo completed one of the most incredible college careers of all time. During her time at The University of Connecticut, Moriah won four National Championships, was named WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year, was a two-time Lieberman Award Winner, was named to the WBCA All-American Team, and the list goes on and on. To make a long story short, Moriah Jefferson is one heck of a player and one person that Moriah credits part of her success to is her late coach Coach Jackson, aka Coach Mudd, who she played for with he DFW Elite. Coach Mudd is the father of former WNBA player and breast cancer survivor Tiffany Jackson-Jones. Follow along as Moriah talks about her passion for basketball and art, what motivates her and why she works as hard as she does. Get to know Mo! Get an inside look of what life is like for the rookie.
February 22, 2016
The USA basketball Women’s National team are holding a training camp in Storrs, Connecticut from February 21-23. A break in European leagues for the EuroBasket qualifiers gave players playing abroad the opportunity to to descend on the campus of the University of Connecticut to participate in the mini-camp. Those expected to be in attendance, who are all finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team are, Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings(Indiana Fever), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
A familiar face that many are eager to see back on the court is Diana Taurasi who took the 2015 WNBA season off for varying reasons. ESPN’s Mechelle Vopel caught up with Taurasi in Storrs and they discussed what went on during her “off season” and what she is looking forward to this coming summer. You can check the article out here. Although this training camp will last for only three days it is invaluable for these players to be able to get on the court at the same time while having to navigate conflicting schedules. Camp will especially be beneficial to the younger players who are looking to get noticed by USA basketball and perhaps find their way onto the roster for the olympics in Rio this summer. USA basketball shared some highlights from day one;
Unfortunately there was more dirty play going on this week than actual playing in the Women’s Chinese League. On two separate occasions Yelena Leuchanka was the victim of not one but two punches in two separate games! Elizabeth Cambage was the culprit in one of the games and was suspended for their next game. The other punch came from a Chinese player who was also suspended. Yelana seems to have taken the incident lightly despite suffering a black eye and requiring stitches as she posted a picture of her wounds on Instagram and referred to it as just another day at the office. Lets hope the league can clean up their play before someone gets seriously injured.
Did you miss Nadezhda Orenburg take on UMMC Ekaterinburg in the last round of Euroleague? Here is your chance to watch two top Russian teams battle it out for first place in Group B. These two teams have been the most consistent in the competition and will definitely battle it out until the end.
Thanks Stefanie Dolson from the Washington Mystics for sharing this cool video with us! Check out Brittney Griner, Candice Parker and soon to be a member of the Seattle Storm Brianna Stewart showing off their dunking skills while training with USA basketball! Please enjoy the sound effects and singing by the one and only purple haired all-star Stefanie! Who do you think had the best dunk?