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Lynx star is taking a much-needed break

For the first time since the 2008 Olympics, the U.S. women’s basketball team will take part in a major competition without Maya Moore, who is taking a needed break.

“I can’t remember a year that has been as demanding as this one,” Moore said. “Coming from overseas to the compressed season, which everybody witnessed was an unbelievably competitive and tough season, top to bottom.

“It’s a sacrifice for the players who are currently competing, representing the U.S. right now; they are giving of themselves above and beyond this year. We do that every time we participate in multiple seasons every year, but this one especially. I’m hoping the players over there can stay healthy, enjoy it and do well.”

“It’s been an interesting year,” said Moore, who turned 29 in April. “I worked really hard, and I’m proud of everything I was able to give this year. But I’m definitely trying to get some rest, just recover and change the pace and get refreshed. I’m trying to take advantage of being home for a little while. I’m taking time off; I don’t have any contract overseas right now.”

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