Salesian High girls basketball star Mariya Moore committed to Louisville on Wednesday.
Moore, who has led Salesian in points, rebounds, steals and assists since her freshman year, will join a Cardinals program that enjoyed a Cinderella run through the 2013 NCAA tournament, beating top-seeded Baylor and reaching the national championship game.
"That did play a lot into my decision, but I was already highly considering them before," said Moore, a 6-foot wing, who is the No. 25 ranked player in the 2014 class by FullCourt.com.
Moore knows a few things about championship games. The rising senior helped Salesian reach the Division IV state title game the last two years. She made her commitment to Louisville a day after helping her club team, Cal Stars, reach the finals at Nike Nationals, one of the premier club tournaments of the summer.
Moore said she was also strongly considering UCLA with Washington, Ohio State, Kansas and Kentucky also in the running.
"It was really close between Louisville and UCLA," Moore said. "It pretty much came down to whether I was comfortable leaving (California)."
Moore attended a camp at Louisville while on the East Coast with her club team earlier this summer and her experience there helped her make her decision.
"It just felt right," she said. "It was super pretty and I just had that feeling."
Moore is a two-time All-East Bay first-team selection. Last season, she averaged 18.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals while being named Co-MVP of the Tri County Athletic League.