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Her hardwood journey began in the gym at Thorpe Gordon

Connecticut forward Maya Moore, center, talks to her teammates before an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State. Moore got her hoops start in Jefferson City.

Connecticut forward Maya Moore, center, talks to her teammates before an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State. Moore got her hoops start in Jefferson City. Photo by The Associated Press.

Jefferson City-area friends and family of University of Connecticut basketball sensation Maya Moore are closely following her collegiate career as she leads her team during a record-breaking season.

Last Tuesday, the 6-foot forward and former Jefferson City resident led her team to its 89th consecutive victory, the longest winning streak by a major collegiate basketball team, male or female. She finished with a career-high 41 points in the record-setting win.

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Moore’s relatives in Jefferson City and Holts Summit say the energetic kid who was a “handful,” is now Christ-centered and humble.

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