Saturday night against the Indiana Fever, Moore put in an all-around effort, scoring a career-high 35 points as the Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 84-77 at Target Center. Moore's previous high mark was 29, set last season against Indiana.
"The game plan was to take advantages of their mismatches inside, and stay active on the weak side of the perimeter," Moore said.
"Their guards are a lot bigger than our guards. We didn't do a good enough job helping each other out tonight," said Indiana forward Tamika Catchings.
Minnesota (20-7) frequently ran plays for their guards and wings, who would drive inside to get lay-ups. Head coach Cheryl Reeve thought the team became too reliant on jump shots and wanted them to remember about their skills inside.
"Maya was the beneficiary because of who was guarding her and all the switches we were getting," Reeve said.
Indiana (12-16) countered with three-pointers, making 10 of 20. The strategy is nothing new when scouting the Lynx, who often sacrifice the outside to prevent interior scoring, but the combination of tactics added another chapter to a series that usually plays close.
Minnesota never lost the lead, but Indiana tied the score five teams and never trailed by more than 10. The latest tie came with 5:10 left in regulation, when a Jeanette Pohlen three-pointer evened the score at 72.
The Lynx scored the next 10 points, starting with a Moore triple, and their talent and experience proved to be too much for the injury-depleted Fever.
"We made a lot of mental mistakes and they got a lot of transition buckets," Catchings said.
"We knew we were going to finish. We were connected, and we knew what we wanted to get," Moore said.
Seimone Augustus added 17 points for Minnesota and Janel McCarville put in 12, all in the first half. McCarville excited the 9,504 spectators in attendance with a pair of triples, befuddling her defender, Erlana Larkins, and bringing her season total to four.
"I got range, dude! Maya's not the only one who can shoot threes!" McCarville joked. "For the last eight games, all I've heard from Seimone is shoot the ball, so I finally did tonight and I think she's satisfied with my performance."
The Fever were less satisfied, and sit just one game ahead of the Liberty for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference following the weekend slate of games.
"We're still battling a couple injuries. We have a game next Saturday, so we're going to have a little rest," said Indiana guard Shavonte Zellous.
Catchings led Indiana with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Shavonte Zellous added 19 points.
All five Lynx starters logged more than 30 minutes, a point that could make some fans and media members squirm, concerned the starters are playing too long to preserve post-season energy.
"This group knows how to recover. Everybody's got an idea. At the end of the day, our job is to win games," Reeve said.