Thomas More advances to first national title game in program history
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Top-ranked Thomas More College women's basketball team defeated fifth-ranked Tufts 62-52 on Friday in a national semifinal game of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship hosted by Calvin at Van Noord Arena.
With the win, the Saints improve to a school-record 32-0 and advance to play either third-ranked George Fox or seventh-ranked Montclair State in the national championship game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the loss, the Jumbos fall to 30-2 and play in the consolation game tomorrow night.
|2015 DIII WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Champ: Thom. More 83, George Fox 63 Box Recap|
|Semifinal: G. Fox 70, Montclair St. 58 Box Recap|
|Hill: Morris' George Fox career goes full circle|
|Semifinal: Thomas More 62, Tufts 52 Box Recap|
|Hill: Year after injury, Moss leads Thomas More to final|
|Hill: Something has to give at semifinals|
|Bracket: Interactive PDF|
Thomas More opened the second half on a 15-6 lead to take its biggest lead of the game at 44-27 when Moss made a jumper with 10:20 to play in the game. The Jumbos answered with a 23-12 run to cut the lead to 56-50 with 45 seconds to play in the game when Mosehead made two free throws. That would be as close as Tufts would come as Thomas More closed out the game on a 6-2 run to win the game 62-52 and advance to the championship game when it will play for the first team national championship in school history.
Moss led all scorers with 23 points and increased her tournament total to 178 points and broke the NCAA All-Division Tournament record of 177, which was held by Sheryl Swoopes. She recorded her third double-double in the tournament as she had 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Abby Owings joined Mossin double-figures with 12 points. Moss, senior guard Sydni Wainscott and junior guard Olivia Huber all had three assists to lead the Saints, while Moss led the team in steals with three.