Aug 15, 2013 2:18 PM by Alan Cutler
Former Boone County High School women's basketball standout Sydney Moss is returning to northern Kentucky as she is transferring to Thomas More College from Division I University of Florida.
Moss, who will be a sophomore for the Thomas More women's basketball team, was named to the 2013 All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman Team and the 2013 Postseason Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) All-Tournament Team in her lone season on the Gainesville, Florida campus. She played in all 37 of the Gators' games last season, including 24 starts. Moss scored in 36 games and led the team in assists (143), was second in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), steals (52). She was also second on the team in in minutes played (28.4 mpg). In Florida's five-game WNIT run to the semifinals, Moss led the team in scoring (19.6 ppg), rebounding (9.0), assists (4.0 apg) and field goal percentage (57.1 percent).
"We are excited that Sydney is joining the Thomas More women's basketball program," said head coach Jeff Hans. "It is especially nice to have local student-athletes at Thomas More to play in front of their family and friends. It is always good to have quality student-athletes in the Thomas More community and our women's basketball program that are looking to complete their academic degrees."
Moss played her final three prep seasons at Boone County for head coach Nell Fookes. After her senior season (2011-12) she collected every significant player of the year honor for the state of Kentucky, including the 2012 Gatorade Kentucky Girls Basketball Player of the Year and the 2012 Associated Press Kentucky Player of the Year, as well as being named 2012 Kentucky "Miss Basketball." During her prep career Moss compiled 2,997 points (19.6 ppg), 1,602 rebounds (10.5 rpg), 323 steals, 315 assists and 136 blocks (1.5 bpg), while shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line.
Moss joins a Saints' program that went 27-2 last season and won he program's eighth-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season title and seventh-straight PAC Tournament title, while advancing to its seventh-straight and 11th overall NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
According to a June 22 report published Florida's student paper, The Alligator, coach Amanda Butler refused to release Moss from her scholarship following the season. That forced the 5-foot-11 forward/guard to transfer somewhere to a non-major-conference program.