FMU's Pearl Moore elected to Hall of Fame

From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., has announced its class of 2011 inductees, a group that includes 1979 Francis Marion University graduate Pearl Moore.

The official 2011 induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.  Also among the 2011 class are Val Ackerman (contributor), Ruthie Bolton (player), Vicky Bullett (player), Muffet McGraw (coach), and Lometa Odom (player).  This brings to 121 the number of members in the Hall of Fame.

Moore becomes the third person with ties to the Francis Marion athletic department to be inducted into a national Hall of Fame.  She joins former baseball coach Gerald Griffin (NAIA Hall of Fame) and former women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell (Women's Basketball Hall of Fame).

Moore, a native of Florence and a graduate of Wilson High School, is the all-time career-scoring leader for women's college basketball. Between 1975 and 1979, the four-time All-American scored 4,061 points.  For 11 years, she held the scoring record for both men and women.

Moore started her collegiate career at Anderson Junior College in the fall of 1975.  After one semester at Anderson (eight games and 177 points), she transferred to Francis Marion.  Fortunately, the Patriots did not open their cage season until after the first of the year, and thus Moore played the entire 1975-76 Francis Marion schedule. At that time under Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) rules, a player could transfer and be eligible immediately.

The 5-7 guard-forward went on to score 3,884 points in a Patriot uniform.  Her career point total includes the points scored at Anderson, because at that time in women's basketball, two- and four-year schools regularly competed against each other and all results counted.

During her junior year, she scored a then single-game record 60 points in a 114-71

victory over Eastern Washington State College in the 1978 AIAW Small College National Tournament. In her final collegiate game, March 10, 1979, in an AIAW Small College Regional Tournament consolation game against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she scored 42 points to break the previous all-time record of 4,045 set by Travis Grant of Kentucky State University.

Moore averaged 30.6 points per game over her four seasons (127 games) at Francis Marion, and helped lead head coach Sylvia Hatchell's program to an 85-42 record and three national tournament appearances.  She scored below 20 points only 18 times in her Francis Marion career, and reached the 50-point mark on three occasions.  She scored 1,109 points in her junior year alone.

In addition to her point total, recorded in an era that did not have the three-point field goal, Moore grabbed 1,270 rebounds and shot 45.9 percent from the field and a then school-record 70.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Following her career at Francis Marion, Moore went on to play two seasons in the Women's Pro Basketball League (1979-80 with the New York Stars and 1980-81 with the St. Louis Streak), earning All-Star status in 1981, and one season in Venezuela.

She still resides in Florence, participates in FMU's annual Old Timers' Game, and conducts a summer basketball camp.

Moore was one of the first inductees into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.  In 2000, she was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2006 was among the inaugural class for the Florence Area Athletic Hall of Fame.

During the summer of 1996, several items from Moore's playing days were sent to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., for inclusion in the Women's Basketball Exhibit Area.