Moses begins next stage of basketball career

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Lauren Moses helped the Virginia women's basketball team snap an eight year streak of missing the NCAA tournament last season as a senior. She said that made her satisfied with her playing career.

Because of what she called "Grandma knees" Moses decided not to pursue a professional basketball career.

"I have nothing to complain about when it comes to UVA," Moses said, "and just being able to leave here and go to another prestigious institution has just been a blessing."

That next prestigious institution is one of Virginia's biggest rivals - the University of Maryland. Moses is in graduate school in the Merrill College of Journalism working to become a color analyst for college basketball games.

"I think my junior year is when I really started thinking about," she said, "you know, I think I could do this and I speak well, I think. I know the game so I think this is something I could do in the future."

"Lauren came to me and wanted to be my summer intern," said Virginia women's basketball sports information director, Melissa Dudek. "She actually created the job description and really started to kind of focus in on what she wanted to do and what the big picture looked like for her after school."

Moses' color commentary work began right away. The first game she called was a Maryland men's basketball preseason game. Since then, she has been calling women's basketball games for the Big Ten network. She also had the opportunity to call three Virginia women's basketball games - Boston College, Duke and Louisville - for the ACC Network Extra.

"It was such a perfect fit," Dudek said. "We were so excited. Somebody that just knows what this program is about, knows the stories of the players and can really add that extra insight of having been a player herself."

"Basketball itself has given me so many opportunities outside of playing because that was my entire life," Moses added. "Being able to do this is amazing, especially here at UVA."

Like many people starting out, Moses has lofty goals for her budding broadcasting career. Those include a talk show with her brother, a former NFL linebacker who is now also pursuing a broadcasting degree.

"We've kind of sparked up this idea that we would have the 'Moses Squared' ESPN talk show," Moses laughed. "As of right now, I just want to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can doing this."

"She can make it to the big time," Dudek said. "She also doesn't have stars in her eyes. She understands the baby steps and that its a long process. So with time, with her reel, and with her work ethic, she can reach her goals."