Moore injured on eve of playoffs (Basketball)

September 14, 2009

With the top seed in the Eastern Conference already secured for this week’s WNBA playoffs, the Indiana Fever figured they would rest their starters and give the reserves extended playing time.

It seemed to be a great opportunity for Alaskan Jessica Moore.

But things didn’t turn out so well.

The backup center from Palmer left Sunday’s game against the Connecticut Sun after getting tangled up with a teammate and hyperextending her knee early in the second half. She did not return.

Moore started the game and collected 9 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes before the injury. The Fever lost 95-85 in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Indiana (22-12) begins the playoffs Thursday, but Moore’s availability is obviously in question.

The loss of the 27-year-old could leave a damaging impact on the Fever’s title hopes. The former Colony High and UConn standout is having her finest professional season this year, averaging a career-high 19.7 minutes, 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds and shooting a career-high 47 percent.