Mosgrove Wins National 3-Point Shooting Title
March 31, 2011
HOUSTON - UMass' Cerie Mosgrove took home the title, competing in the 2011 State Farm Women's 3-Point Shooting Championship 3-Point Shooting on Thursday night at Hofheinz Pavilion on the University of Houston campus. Mosgrove went up against seven participants from around the country: Kelsey Bolte (Iowa State), Brittany Johnson (Ohio State); Tatiyiana McMorris (Marquette), Sam Quigley (DePaul), Jaleesa Ross (Fresno State), Brittney Scott (Houston) and Courtney Ward (Florida State) in the event that was televised Nationally on ESPN2.
Mosgrove advanced to the semifinal with 17 points and then defeated Quigley, Scott and Bolte in the semifinal, collecting 23 points and hitting all the "money balls" for bonus points.
In the final, Mosgrove cruised to the win, beating Bolte by a 19-11 margin. She later faced off against the men's 3-point champion, Andrew Goudelock of the College of Charleston and fell just one short, 16-15, with the opportunity to win on her final shot.
"I'm just completely ecstatic to have made as many as I did, considering the caliber of players I was up against," said Mosgrove. "I'm really honored that I was able to represent UMass on a National level. I had no idea how I was going to do since my legs were shaking from nerves and excitement, but fought through it."
Mosgrove is the current NCAA leader in three-point percentage, finishing her senior campaign 78-of-157 from beyond the arc for a 49.7% clip. She set UMass records for threes made and three-point percentage in 2010-2011 and ranks third all-time for career three-point field goals made (171) and career three-point percentage (.390). The guard/forward set career highs in every statistical category in her final campaign with the Minutewomen, including points (408) and rebounds (195). She finished second on the squad in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding average (6.5 rpg).