Most fans of Minnesota basketball know the name Tamara Moore. As a player Moore excelled at all levels. Now she has taken on a new challenge: team owner and head coach. In December of 2014 Moore took ownership of the new Minnesota Flame basketball club, which also includes a women’s team (Minnesota Lady Flame).
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Moore started playing basketball at the age of 10. While attending North High School she starred for the Lady Polars, including a perfect 29-0 season and Class AAA State championship her senior year.
Moore was the first African-American female to win the Minnesota Miss Basketball in 1998. She was also the AP Player of the Year and Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. Averaging 25 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 5.7 steals per game, Moore was named a WBCA All-American and scored 13 points in the All-American Game.
A stellar four-year collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin, Moore concluded as the all-time assists (554) and steals (353) leader at Wisconsin. The Badgers compiled an overall record of 76-48 over four seasons, including two NCAA Tournament appearances and winning the 2000 WNIT.
Moore was drafted 15th overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Miami Sol, but after five games she was acquired by the Minnesota Lynx via trade. Her professional career spanned over eight years, including stops in Europe.
Since her playing days ended Moore has turned her attention to the coaching sidelines. She spent two seasons (2010-12) as the girls varsity head coach at Prairie Seeds Academy before joining the Bloomington Jefferson girls program as 10th Grade head coach.
Now Moore is bringing the minor league game to the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Flame are members of the new World All Star Basketball League (WABL) set to begin play in the Fall of 2015. Each club in the league has a men’s and women’s team and game days will typically feature double headers. WABL will have teams across the United States, including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Madison, New Jersey, New York and San Francisco.
“I’m excited and thrilled to bring the opportunity to area players back home,” said Moore. “The league will be an ideal platform for younger players seeking to advance to the next level, the NBADL or overseas.”
With four exhibition games already played, the Flame will next be on display at Target Center on Monday facing the New York Empire. The game will tip-off at noon, to be followed by the WABL Draft. Later in the evening the Timberwolves will host the Brooklyn Nets.