Gwinnett’s Maya Moore taking a year off basketball

Credit: Andy King

Credit: Andy King

Maya Moore is taking a break from the WNBA.

Moore’s power-forward game, honed at Suwanee’s Collins Hill and gyms around Atlanta. Moore has been a member of the Minnesota Lynx since 2011.

Using a Bible verse dear to her — Colossians 3:23: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord ..." — Moore explains her decision in The Player Tribune:

My focus in 2019 will not be on professional basketball, but will instead be on the people in my family, as well as on investing my time in some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years.I will certainly miss the day-to-day relationships with my teammates and basketball family this season, but my no for the 2019 pro season allows me to say yes to my family and faith family like I never have before.I'm sure this year will be hard in ways that I don't even know yet, but it will also be rewarding in ways I've yet to see, too.

The move is not unprecedented. Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry stepped away from the game for 13 months, before the 2017 season.

She returned in 2018 to average 16.5 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists before being sidelined by a knee injury after 29 games.