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Thomas More's Moss Scores 63 Points, Sets NCAA Record

Thomas More sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss scored 63 points for the Saints on Friday, setting an NCAA Division III record for most points scored by a player in a single game.

Thomas More is ranked third and is the number one seed in the Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament. The Saints rolled over Waynesburg, 106 - 88.

Moss broke the previous mark of 61 when she made two free-throws with 18-seconds to play in the game.  The previous record was set by Oberlin College's Ann Gilbert when she scored 61 points against Allegheny College on February 6, 1991.

The tournament is at Thomas More.

With the win, the Saints improve to 27-0 and advance to tomorrow's championship game and play third-seeded Washington & Jefferson College in the championship game at 4 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center.  

Thomas More jumped out to a 14-8 lead when Moss made a lay-up with 13:30 to play in the first half.  Waynesburg answered with a 14-6 run capped by a Katie Gehlmann three-pointer to take a 22-20 lead with 11:19 to play in the opening half.  The Saints led by as many as 18 points as they closed out the half on a 35-18 run to take a 55-40 lead at halftime. 

The Yellow Jackets opened the second half on a 9-7 run to cut the lead to 62-49 with 17:21 to play in the game when Elaine Hasek made a three-pointer.  Thomas More answered with a 9-0 to take its biggest lead of the game at 71-49 when Moss made a lay-up with 16:22 to play in the second half.  Waynesburg responded with a 37-27 run capped by a Lauren Blair three-pointer with 3:23 to play in the game to cut the lead to 98-86.  Thomas More closed out the half on an 8-2 capped by Moss' record breaking two free-throws for the 106-88 win.

Joining Moss in double-figure scoring was senior guard Katie Kitchen with 19 points and junior guard Sydni Wainscott with 10.  Moss led the team on the boards with a game-high nine rebounds and steals with a game-high six.  Senior guard Devin Beasley (Burlington, Ky./Conner) led the team in assists with six.

From Thomas More College

Photo: Sydney Moss