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Thomas More is perfect, finally

2015 Division III Women’s Basketball

Thomas More College was determined not to let history repeat itself. Last year, the Saints were 31-0 heading into the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Then star player Sydney Moss tore her ACL. Then the Saints lost by 16 and were sent home. This season, Moss returned to the court on a surgically-repaired knee, hoping to guide her teammates to the perfect season her injury had cost them. She did. Thomas More won each of its six NCAA tournament games by double digits, including a 20-point win in the final over George Fox University on March 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that capped a 33-0 season.  

That sort of margin was common for Thomas More all season. The Saints averaged 85.5 points per game, which was third in the nation and 32.8 points better than their opponents could muster. Much of that gap can be attributed to Moss, who has earned back-to-back D3hoops.com National Player of the Year awards.

The junior scored 24.2 points per contest, best in the nation, and notched a triple double in the championship game against George Fox. That performance came almost exactly a year to the day after Moss underwent surgery to repair her torn ACL.  

“Lying in that hospital bed, I never imagined I’d be a national champion,” Moss said in her postgame news conference. “Pushing through rehab, I think my team and coaches were very supportive of me. … It was very tough, but we had something to prove after last year. Getting hurt and the way we lost added a lot of motivation.” 

The Results

Division III Women’s Basketball

CHAMPIONSHIP
Thomas More 83, George Fox 63

SEMIFINALS
Thomas More 62, Tufts 52
George Fox 70, Montclair State 58

ELITE 89 HONOREE
Sammy Naluai, George Fox

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