A 13-year-old girl sat on the scorers table at Target Center about an hour before Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, her legs not anywhere close to touching the floor, as a circus of reporters filled the space around her.
Im kind of used to all this attention by now the girl said.
A 13-year-old girl used to being surrounded by reporters? This wasnt just any 13-year-old girl, though. This was MoNe Davis the little girl that took the nation by storm as the star of the Little League World Series.
Davis reached celebrity status as a dominant presence in the LLWS, and while her team was knocked out of the competition a few weeks ago, the hype hasnt quite died down. Shes received congratulatory tweets from the likes of rom Mike Trout and Kevin Durant and more praise from the likes of Billie Jean King and Michelle Obama.
Davis sat courtside Sunday as the Lynx warmed up for a tussle with the Phoenix Mercury. She was accompanied to the court by WNBA President Laurel Richie and had what she called just regular conversations with Lynx players like Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen before the game.
Still, as reporters continued to fire questions at her, Davis still hadnt met her idol Maya Moore. Davis has said publically that Moore is her role model and that one day she hoops to follow in her footsteps and play at the University of Connecticut.
Hold on, a voice chimed in from the back. Hold on.
It was Moore. Moore parted the sea of reporters and made her way to Davis at the scorers table. She greeted Davis with a hug and the two exchanged pleasantries before Moore signed her jersey. As Moore made her way back to the locker room, Davis had a gift for her a signed copy of the Sports Illustrated issue that Davis was on the cover of.
Davis has become a role model of such for young girls, even though shes a young girl herself. Its a role she embraces.
Its pretty cool to have little kids watch my games and realize Im the only girl on that team, she said. I hope more girls will try it.
Davis didnt talk to reporters much longer after Moore left, though she did say that, in a way, shes ready to go back to school in a few days. That will end whats been a crazy last three months for Davis to say the least.
As she was honored over the loud speakers amid a slight break in the action during Game 2, Davis looked like she was in her element. Her dream is to play on that court someday in the future as a WNBA player.
Davis is certainly on the right path.
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