Maya Moore’s incredible streak of playing for championships wherever she goes – high school, UConn, the WNBA and even China – continues this weekend when the Minnesota Lynx play the Atlanta Dream for the WNBA championship.
This will be Maya’s third trip to the Finals in her three seasons in the WNBA. Minnesota won the championship in her rookie season  and lost last season.
And now, they have the best regular-season record (26-8) in the league and have won 13 of their last 14 games, including playoff sweeps of Phoenix and Seattle.
“It’s something that I will definitely be able to take in and reflect upon when I am done playing,” Moore said Thursday after Lynx practice. “I have had the good fortune of being on so many competitive teams in my life. For as long I can remember I have always tried to put myself in the most competitive environment I could.
“But it’s tremendously satisfying to be here [the WNBA Finals] again [for the third time in three seasons]. We knew we had the ability. We expected to make it back. It’s easy to look at a team and make a prediction that they should do this or that. But to actually accomplish it is very satisfying.”
Against the Dream, Moore will play against her former UConn teammate, Tiffany Hayes, who just completed her second season with the Dream. Maya and Tiffany were teammates for three seasons with the Huskies. And Maya said the relationships you build with your college teammates invariably are the ones that hold the most lasting impact.
“Different teams have a way of competing in different ways. In college, you live together, room together when you are on the road,” Moore said. “You see each other all of the time and we had the opportunity to play for Coach Auriemma, the toughest coach any of us have ever had. You are together for years and there is nothing that quite compares to the togetherness that develops.
“In the WNBA and overseas it’s quite different. You are together as teammates but away from the court, you have your own lives. You are in charge of your own fate.
“Tiffany and I are very silly individuals. We seemed to always be the ringleaders for the practical joking that went on [at UConn]. And I always loved to compete with her in practice and in pickup games.
“Tiffany was always a very competitive player. She always wanted to win every time she was on the court. She was quick, she could rebound. She could slash and shoot. She was a lot of fun to play with at UConn.”