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Four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore officially retires

Maya Moore won four championships with the Lynx before stepping away from the game in 2019. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Maya Moore is officially retiring from professional basketball.

The Minnesota Lynx legend announced her decision Monday on “Good Morning America.” She stepped away from the WNBA in 2019 to help now-husband Jonathan Irons fight for his release from prison, helping to get his 50-year sentence overturned in 2020.

The two welcomed their first child, Jonathan Jr., in July.

“It’s time to put a close to the pro basketball life,” Moore said. “I walked away four seasons ago, but I wanted to officially retire. This is such a sweet time for us in our family. And the work that we’ve done, I want to continue that in this next chapter. I want to continue to be present at home for my community, my family. … So that’s what I’m moving into. Hanging it up.”

Moore won four WNBA championships in her eight seasons with the Lynx, as well as two Olympic gold medals with Team USA and two NCAA titles while at UConn. A two-time AP Player of the Year, she was drafted No. 1 overall by Minnesota in 2011 and averaged 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game during her career.

She won Rookie of the Year in 2011 as well as league MVP in 2014.

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and basketball have given me in my lifetime,” Moore said in a release from the Lynx. “It was a dream come true for me to play basketball at the highest level and help build the foundation for women’s basketball.”

When she stepped away after the 2018 season, she did so as Minnesota’s franchise leader in scoring average, 3-point field goals made (530) and steals (449). She also ranked second in total points scored (4,984), field goals made (1,782), assists (896) and blocks (176).

“Maya Moore has forever left a mark on the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Lynx franchise and the hearts of Lynx fans everywhere,” Lynx owner Glen Taylor said. “Maya’s accolades are numerous; her leadership and talent both fearless and inspirational set the foundation for the most exciting and historic championship run in the league from 2011-2017.

“While today culminates Maya’s basketball career, there is no doubt she will continue to impact the game we all love. We wish Maya all the best and will root for her always.”