Two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time WNBA champion May Moore officially announced the end of her career Basketball.
The 33-year-old announced her decision on Monday (January 16) on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Moore took a step back from the WNBA in 2019 to focus on criminal justice reform. During this time, she worked to free her now-husband Jonathan Irons, whose 50-year prison sentence she helped overturn in 2020. The couple welcomed their first child, Jonathan Jr, last July:
“I think it’s time to get closer to professional basketball,” Moore said in an interview. “I left four seasons ago, but I wanted to officially retire… The work we did. I want to continue that in the next chapter.”
Maya Moore: It’s time for a great career in basketball
Picked #1 in the 2011 draft by the Minnesota Lynx, Moore played her entire eight-year franchise career, winning the WNBA title four times (2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017).
Her dedicated efforts in bringing Lynx to glory are reflected in her collection of individual accolades, including the Finals MVP crown (2013), League MVP title (2014) and six All-Star selections.
He ends his WNBA career with averages of 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals, and leads the franchise in scoring average, three-pointers made (530) and steals (449).
Away from the WNBA internationally, Moore also enjoyed some success with Team USA.
Officially selected for the national team in 2010, the striker played her part in forging her stellar reputation. She helped her country win two Olympic gold medals (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and to two FIBA ??World Championship titles (2010 and 2014), in the latter she was named tournament MVP.
With two NCAA titles earned while attending the University of Connecticut, Moore is retiring to one of women’s basketball’s most elite groups. Her outstanding collection of accolades means she is one of only 10 players to have won a World Championship gold medal, Olympic gold medal, NCAA title and WNBA title.
Other names that can boast of the same feat include: Sue Bird and Brittany Griner.