Moore happy to be back in playoffs (Basketball)

August 21, 2010
Jessica Moore

Three teams are tied atop the WNBA’s Eastern Conference with one game remaining in the regular season.

Palmer’s Jessica Moore and the Indiana Fever are still in the hunt for a No. 1 seed, although they’ve already bagged the most important thing: a playoff berth.

“We are really excited to be heading back into the playoffs,” she told me. “This season was very hard and full of ups and downs, but to make our goal to go back to the playoffs is really great.”

The Fever (21-12) have been especially good in the second half of the season.

“I think we just got into a really good groove,” she said. “Everyone started playing well at the same time and we started to be consistent with it.”

Moore, of Colony High fame, has been a big reason for her team’s late-season push.

The 6-foot-3 reserve forward has come off the bench to average 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 42 percent this month. At the same time, she has provided hustle and muscle in the post.

“I always try to do my roll to the best of my ability and I think I have done that,” she said.

Because the Eastern Conference title chase has comes down to the final day of the regular season, each game over the last few weeks has carried extra meaning.

“We are very aware that we are almost done,” she said. “Only the top four teams make it to the playoffs and it has been so tight this year, especially the second half. The games started feeling like the playoffs back in July.

It’s enough that Moore and her teammates keep close tabs on the standings.

“We look all the time,” she said. “You can go from first to third with one loss.”

A playoff veteran and a winner of three NCAA championships during his college days at UConn, Moore is accustomed to postseason play.

Her advice to younger teammates was short and sweet.

“Every possession matters,” Moore said. “Play like there is no tomorrow.”

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