5.7 feet tall and 21 years of age, Moriah Jefferson is an American basketball player who plays for University of Connecticut. Born on 8th of March, 1994 in Dallas, Texas, Moriah's jersey is numbered 4.
Born to Robin and Lorenza Jefferson, Moriah completed her high-school as a home-schooler through Texas Home Educators Sports Association. It is here that she began her school basketball career from grade 8th onwards, a career that ended with Moriah amassing 3,354 points. In 2012, she was selected to the 2012 WBCA High School Coaches' All-America Team and also participated in the 2012 WBCA High School All-America Game. Recruited by many schools, Moriah choose Connecticut over her final three choices; Baylor, Connecticut and Texas A&M. Her choice to play for Connecticut made her the first ever recruit from Texas to play for University of Connecticut.
In 2012, Moriah was part of the United States' U18 basketball team that won the Ninth Women's FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women. Her team won all the games they played to win the championship and the gold medal. The final game had Brazil taking a double digit lead initially, but USA came on to crush their opponents with the final score of 71-47. The same team continued as the U19 team and participated in the Tenth FIBA U19 World Championship, held in Lithuania in 2013. Winning all nine games, the USA team again emerged victorious with Moriah's average being 4 points per game.
Jefferson was included in the USA Women's Pan American Team for the 2015 Pan Am Games, and her team lost to Canada in the finals. Earlier in the event, the US team had registered victories against Brazil (75-69), Dominican Republic (94-55), Puerto Rico (93-77) to top their group. The semifinal saw Cuba leading US by 14 points, the latter made a comeback for a hairline win of 65-64 that would lead to the finals to face Canada. With home crowds supporting them, the Canadian team were the winning choice that day.
After being pinned down by the US with a double-digit lead in the second quarter, with the supportive crowds cheering for them, Canada ended up equalizing with US' points at halftime. The third half saw Canada outscoring the US, and finally winning the game 81-73. Their first gold medal at the Pan Am games, Canada came first with the US as runner up.
At the University of Connecticut, Moriah has had an impressive tenure. She was in the team that won the 2013 NCAA National Championship. Scoring double-digit points eight times in her Freshman Year, and 16 points (her career-high) in the game versus Idaho in the NCAA Tournament's first round, Moriah was included in the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team. In her Sophomore Year Moriah played the full 2013-2014 season, and improved upon her field score percentage from 42.2% to 57.5%. She also scored double-digits 22 times, and led her team to victories.
Moriah was awarded in 2015 the prestigious Nancy Lieberman Award, given to a player who exemplifies “...the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills...”
Followed by 5,794 fans, Moriah Jefferson's Twitter account is @_BonnBonn. Her excitement and love for basketball may inspire kids, since sky is the limit and not just Twitter tall.