Gwinnett Basketball Star Maya Moore Scores in China

With her team in the championship round, the former Collins Hill High player is the rage in the Far East.

Maya Moore, who starred in basketball at Collins Hill High in Suwanee, now is adding to her legacy.

The woman who also starred at UConn now is building a strong reputation in China, according to media reports. She recently had a "triple double" -- 43 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists --  to lead Shanxi to a 112-98 win in Game 3 of the championship finals, ESPN reported.

Chinese fans have dubbed Moore, who led the league in scoring this season, the "Invincible Queen," according to China Daily and ESPN.

The former UConn star is earning mid-six figures, the AP and ESPN reported. The Chinese league plays until February. It will give Moore time to rest before the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA opens training camp in May. 

"They show maybe five NBA games a week here," Moore told The Associated Press. "They get a good amount of coverage, and people love it. We are starting to get a little more interest about our game."

The WNBA has noticed the recent boom in China.

 "We know the sport of basketball is on the rise in China and the WNBA has already had great success on the international stage," WNBA president Laurel Richie told The Associated Press.

This initially appeared on Suwanee Patch


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