Women's NCAA Tournament 2010: UConn Huskies' Maya Moore Has Perfect Game

Tom SmithCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2010

ST. LOUIS - APRIL 05:  Maya Moore #23 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates a point on April 5, 2009 during the Womens Final Four Semifinals at the Scottrade Center on April 5, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. Connecticut defeated the Stanford Cardinal 83-64.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Okay, I get that Maya's performance is not on par with Christian Laettner's "perfect game" against Kentucky in the '92 East Regional Final, but no mention of it all?

Yes, it was just a second round game—got that.

Yes, the opponent, No. 8 seed Temple, was hopelessly outmatched from the opening tip—got it.

But still, the ball needs to go through the hoop. When you simply can not not miss a shot in a tournament game, that should be recognized.

Good thing I'm here!

A glance at the 90-36 score tells you that this game was a runaway, but the Huskies did not run up the score. In fact, the starters were essentially benched by halftime.

Uber-superstar F/G Maya Moore played just 16 minutes, but man, did she come out firing. Moore, determined to send an early message, scored the first eight UConn points. She finished her evening with 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Not a bad night's work, but here's the impressive part: Maya was 6-for-6 from the floor (including 3-for-3 from deep) and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

As impressive, and at times unstoppable, as senior center Tina Charles has been this year, the real reason for the confidence that permeates through every member of the team (not to mention the fan base) is Maya Moore.

With continued luck in this year's tournament, it might be time for coach Geno Auriemma to revise his classic line from 2003 to, "we have Maya, and they don't."