April 1, 2014

Saints Set Two NCAA Team Records and Win Eight Division III Statistical Categories

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently released the final national statistics for Division III women's basketball and the No. 4/5-ranked Thomas More College women's basketball team set two records and claimed top-spot in eight statistical categories.

On their way to a school-record 31-1 record, the Saints outscored their opponents by an average of 38.1 points per game.  The 38.1 scoring margin is the best at any division in the NCAA, women's or men's.  The previous all-time NCAA best was 36.7 set by the West Texas A&M women's team in 1991.  Thomas More also cross the 100 plateau for a Division III record 11 times this past season.  St. Joseph's (Maine) College set the previous record of 10 games in 1990.  The Saints fell one point shy of the NCAA single-season record for points scored as they finished the season with 3,022 points.

Sophomore guard Sydney Moss (St. Albans, W.Va./Boone County (Ky.)) tied and broke one NCAA Division III individual scoring record.  She tied the Division III single-season scoring record with 891 points. Moss also broke the Division III single-game scoring record when she scored 63 points against Waynesburg University in the semifinals of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament.

Thomas More led all of Division III (431 teams) in six statistical categories.  The Saints led the nation in scoring offense (94.4 points per game), scoring margin (38.1), field goal percentage (51.1), assists per game (23.3), assists turnover ratio (1.95) and turnover margin (+14.63.).  Thomas More also finished in the Top-3 in three other categories as it was second in won-lost percentage (96.9) and steals per game (16.3) and was third in turnovers per game (11.9).

Two Saints finished first in two individual statistical categories as Moss led the nation in points per game (27.8) and senior guard Devin Beasley (Burlington, Ky./Conner) led in the Division III in assist turnover ratio (4.76).  Thomas More four additional Top-10 finishes as Beasley was second in assists per game (7.4), junior forward Jenny Burgoyne (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) finished second in field goal percentage (65.0), while Moss finished seventh in field goal percentage (60.6) and  assist turnover ratio (2.5).

Thomas More finished the season with a program best 31-1 record and first-ever appearance in the Sectional Finals "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Division III Championship. The Saints entered the NCAA Tournament at the No. 1 team in the national according to the D3hoops.com Top-25.  Thomas More finished ranked No. 4 in the final D3hoops.com Top-25 and No. 5 in the final USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coaches' poll.