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Sydney Moss Benched as Thomas More Reviews NCAA Compliance Question

Thomas More is taking its star Sydney Moss out of the women's basketball team line-up while the college checks out a compliance question from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The Saints are the defending national champions in NCAA Division III competition and are led in scoring by Moss. The Boone County High School grad has been a national player of the year multiple times and began her college career at the University of Florida before returning to Northern Kentucky as a sophomore.

"Thomas More College takes compliance with NCAA rules seriously," said Thomas More president David Armstrong, in a statement. "As part of the college’s commitment to promoting rules compliance, fair play, and sportsmanship in all aspects of its intercollegiate athletics participation, the college is currently reviewing a NCAA compliance question within our women’s basketball program. Out of an abundance of caution, the College will withhold women’s basketball student-athlete Sydney Moss from competition during the period of the review. The college’s decision to withhold Sydney from competition at this time should in no way be construed as an indication of a NCAA rules violation by Sydney. The college is unable to further comment on this matter during the period of the review. We look forward to publicly discussing the matter at the conclusion of the review."

Thomas More is ranked #1 in the nation and opened its season on Wednesday with a 62-48 win over Denison. Moss did not play.

Sophomore guard Abby Owings (Independence/Simon Kenton) scored a career-high 27 points.

Thomas More is idle until November 28 and 29 when it hosts the Julie Costello Memorial Classic – presented by Barleycorn’s at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills.  

The Saints will play 15th-ranked Ohio Northern University on the 28th at 4 p.m. and Hanover College on the 29th at 4 p.m.

-Staff report