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Honoring champions: Celebrating Black History Month

ON WISCONSIN <b>Tamara Moore was named the 2000 WNIT MVP.</b>
Tamara Moore was named the 2000 WNIT MVP.

Feb. 13, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - February is Black History month and in honor of our outstanding African-American champions, we're taking a look at former standouts. The UW athletic program launched its "Celebrate UW's Black History" section on UWBadgers.com in 2003. It has been updated every year with new information, a photo gallery and multimedia offerings and is one of the finest college resources for African-American athletics history in the nation. To read more about the University of Wisconsin Athletic program's Black History click here.

1999-2000 Women's Basketball Team

In 2000, the Badgers won the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with a 5-0 mark. Sophomore Tamara Moore led UW that season and was named the tournament MVP. Junior LaTonya Sims was named to the all-tournament team.

Wisconsin went 21-12 on the season and won the WNIT, defeating Florida, where Bobbie Kelsey was an assistant coach, in the championship final, 75-74, in Madison. The Badgers were no strangers to the WNIT Championship game, as they had lost to Arkansas in the title game the year prior. It marked the first major championship for the women's basketball team.

The 21 wins tied a then-school record for wins in a season, the Badgers' sixth 20-win season in program history.  UW played an NCAA record six overtime games in 1999-2000, finishing with a 5-1 mark in OT.  The Badgers were 8-8 in Big Ten Conference play, tying for fifth. Wisconsin continued to get better as the season went on, finishing with an 11-4 mark for the second half of the year.

Sims and sophomore Jessie Stomski were named second-team All-Big Ten while Moore earned honorable mention honors.

Wisconsin averaged 7,732 fans per game for the season, which ranked seventh nationally. More than 13,000 fans watched the Badgers win the WNIT championship.

Spotlight: Tamara Moore

As a sophomore, Moore was named the WNIT most valuable player. The 5-11 guard averaged 14 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.2 steals per game in the tournament.

Moore's success continued as a Badger and in her junior year, she led the Big Ten in steals with 3.6 per game. She still holds the UW career record for steals with 353.

In 2001, Moore was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Big Ten and Associated Press honorable mention All-American. She is one of three Badgers to earn an AP All-America honor. Moore was also a 2001 USA Basketball Team finalist.

In her senior year, Moore was named first-team All-Big Ten and Kodak/WBCA District All-American honorable mention. Moore is one of six Badgers to earn the All-American honorable mention award. 

After graduation, Moore was a first-round WNBA draft choice by the Miami Sol and the 15th pick overall in the 64-person draft. She was the third Badger to ever play in the WNBA and the second player ever drafted to play in a women's professional basketball league.

Moore played with eight WNBA teams, including her home state Minnesota Lynx. She finished her career with the Houston Comets in 2007.

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