CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (FOX19) - By: Jacob Stansell
Senior guard Sydney Moss from the Thomas More College women's basketball team returned from Los Angeles in style as she brought back some silverware to Northern Kentucky.
Moss was named the 40th 2016 Honda DIII Athlete of the Year by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) as part of a national ballot that includes 1,000 NCAA member schools.
The award was presented to Moss on Monday on the campus of the University of Southern California.
"Just standing in front of everybody," Moss said. "There were so many great women there that have done so much for their sport. It was a great experience and I met a lot of great women."
The women's basketball team are not only back-to-back national champions but have also claimed perfect seasons from 2014-2016. A large part of that success was in accordance to Moss' 22.1 averaged points per game, shooting 49.9 percent from the field and leading the team with 7.4 rebounds per game.
She has been recognized for her dominance on the court as this award cements Moss' third straight year to receive unanimous National Player of the Year from the WBCA, D3hoops.com and DIII News.
She has been a candidate the past two years for the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year and was finally rewarded with the honor in her final season.
"We were able to represent all of DIII," head coach Jeff Hans said. "Sydney was able to win that award for herself and for her college and that is a big accomplishment."
For Moss, it's a step in the right direction. She wasn't among the list of draftees who were taken in the 2016 WNBA Draft, however, she was given the opportunity to construct her own way into a professional career in response to what she has achieved.
Moss said she is trying to go play overseas and eventually work her way into the WNBA, or even continue to compete at the international level. She's just waiting for someone to notice her and watch her film.
It's not the first challenge for Moss either.
Moss began her career at the University of Florida and after her freshman year she made her way over to Northern Kentucky to finish her collegiate tenure with the Saints.
The impact she had on the game and the Saints' women's basketball program influenced more than the sport for women.
"Our fundraising is up, our numbers are up, we're going to bring in the largest incoming class for this school," Thomas More College president David Armstrong said. "There are a lot of factors for that, but there is no doubt that Sydney and this women's basketball team and what they have accomplished is a huge part of that success."