Sydney Moss scores DIII-record 63 as Thomas More cruises 106-88
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss scored an NCAA Division III-record 63 points to lead the third-ranked and top-seeded Thomas More to a 106-88 win against fifth-seeded Waynesburg in the semifinals of the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship tournament at the Connor Convocation Center.
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's Ann Gilbert when she scored 61 points against Allegheny on Feb. 6, 1991.
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 3-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 led the team in assists with six.