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GWINNETT GRADS: Maya Moore off to strong start in Spain

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman . Maya Moore, a Collins Hill grad and a current WNBA star, jokes with her players and encourages them to be louder on the court during a free basketball camp she hosted on Tuesday at Southwest DeKalb High School. For more on the camp, see SPORTS. For a video from the camp, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman . Maya Moore, a Collins Hill grad and a current WNBA star, jokes with her players and encourages them to be louder on the court during a free basketball camp she hosted on Tuesday at Southwest DeKalb High School. For more on the camp, see SPORTS. For a video from the camp, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

As the bulk of WNBA players do, Maya Moore is playing basketball abroad and making extra money during the offseason.

The Collins Hill grad has played four games this month since joining Ros Casares Valencia of the Spanish League. As with her past teams at Collins Hill and Connecticut, her current team is also racking up the wins, including a 4-0 record since she arrived to join well-known teammates Sancho Lyttle (of the Atlanta Dream) and Lauren Johnson.

Moore, fresh off earning rookie of the year honors and helping the Minnesota Lynx to the WNBA title, had 14 points (on 3 of 4 shooting from 3-point range) in her first Spanish League game, a win over Cadi La Seu d'Urgell.

Ros Casares has played one Euroleague game since her arrival, beating Prague 81-70. Moore had 10 points and five rebounds in that victory.

Her most recent game, last Saturday vs. Girona FC, was her best. The 6-foot forward scored 20 points in 19 minutes and made all four of her 3-point attempts.

Moore isn't the only Gwinnett women's player excelling overseas in professional basketball. Here's a look at a few more from Gwinnett high schools:

--D'Andra Moss, Norcross

Moss, who played last season in Finland, earned a promotion to the prestigious Spanish League, where she plays against Moore, this season.

The former Virginia Commonwealth standout also is the leading scorer in the tough league, averaging 20.4 points for Gran Canaria. She may be playing her way into a shot with a WNBA team later this year.

--Christi Thomas, Buford

The former Georgia post averages 9.4 points and 8 rebounds for Mersin in the Turkish Basketball League. She played previously in Israel as well as the WNBA, including stints with Los Angeles, Minnesota and Chicago since she was a WNBA first-round pick in 2004.

--Sherill Baker, Greater Atlanta Christian

Though her team is struggling at 2-9 and in last place, Baker is a star in Israel. The former UGA guard, playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv, averages a league-high 25.4 points as well as 5.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals.

--Amber Holt, Meadowcreek

Holt, who finished last season with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, plays in Poland for Lider Pruszkow after playing previously in Hungary. She averages 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

BASKETBALL

Pace gets school assist mark

Collins Hill grad Lauren Pace tied the Limestone College (S.C.) career assist record Wednesday night in a 77-57 victory over Converse College.

The senior guard, who has helped her team to a 13-4 record (7-0 in conference), has 60 assists this season with only 29 turnovers. She now has 329 assists for her career.

Fast break

Wesleyan's Logan Morris scored 15 points Wednesday night as Wofford held off Appalachian State, 59-58. Morris, who made 6 of 9 shots, averages 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Terriers. ... College of Charleston's Trent Wiedeman, a GAC grad, had 10 points (on 4 of 5 shooting), 17 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in last weekend's win over Elon.

Berkmar grad Gabby Harvey is a key player for the Brenau women's team, averaging 8.2 points and a team-high 10.6 rebounds, which also ranks third in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Her 2.5 steals per game also is third in the league. ... Collins Hill's Jordan Jones, a senior at Florida, had 16 points as the Gators handed LSU its first conference loss last weekend. ... In Pace's record-tying game for Limestone, teammate Tia Williams (Mill Creek) had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via email to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com.