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Moore was hard-pressed to remember ever scoring close to that before. She had 48 in high school and 48 was her college best.

Connecticut and Olympic coach Geno Auriemma wasn’t surprised by his former star’s success.

Maya is Maya,” he said. “Her scoring that many points isn’t a real shock. She can really do whatever she wants.”

Basketball has been the easy part for Moore since coming over to China. Communicating with teammates has taken a little more work with up to four languages being spoken in team huddles.

“It’s pretty comical,” Moore said laughing. “I speak English, one of my teammates is Korean. That’s two languages. Two of our coaches are Spanish _ one is the Spanish national team head coach. The first couple days I was there my head was spinning.”

On the court, there don’t seem to be many communication issues. The team uses hand signals, numbers, and Moore said she learned some basic words to get through.

“I’m getting better, I know about 10 words so far, I’m learning new ones every day,” she said.

Moore also has a personal assistant assigned by the team to help her with basics like grocery shopping and getting around.

“I think the success to your playing overseas really relies heavily on your translator and how well the team is able to help you adjust to them and being in a foreign country,” said Catchings, who also has spent time playing in Korea. “It’s definitely an adjustment. Your team and the organization becomes your family while you are over here.”

Moore, who played in Spain last winter, also has had the benefit of having her mom with her. She came over in October and has spent most of the first two months in China, including Thanksgiving. The two have been put up in a “western-style” hotel for the four-month season.

“It’s really been great having her around and she’ll be here for Christmas,” Moore said. “She’s experiencing China herself.”

Among the things Moore has learned to appreciate while being in China are some of the freedom she has in the U.S.

“It’s kind of hard not having unrestricted Internet,” she said. “There’s certain things you can’t view. Certain liberties you don’t have. YouTube, Twitter, things like that. There are certain social medial sites. You’re so used to having access to whatever we need. It’s different that way.”


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