Freshman Tyeasha Moss
Feb. 10, 2009
By Adam Kiefaber
CINCINNATI - While attending Africentric High School in Columbus, Tyeasha Moss has always been used to winning.
In her four years at the school, Africentric complied an overall 98-9 record and the team won the City Championship three straight seasons as well as the state championship in 2007.
"I thought it would be different coming to college; you know, you win some and you lose some," Moss said. "I am used to the feeling of winning and I am happy I can move up a level and still continue to win."
Instead of experiencing of a down year, Moss is currently enjoying another winner. As of right now, her collegiate team has a 20-4 record and is a perfect 8-0 in the Atlantic 10. The Musketeers are also ranked No. 21 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls.
And while most freshmen sit back and ride the bench, Moss is already making a big impact on her new team.
"Tyeasha has been a big part of what we do, she is an outstanding outside shooter. As a lot of people really try to make it tough for us to score around the basket, she has been a very important part of our success this year," Xavier head coach Kevin McGuff said.
Through 24 games, Moss is averaging 5.1 points in only 12.5 minutes per game. She is also one of the team's best three-point shooters and has connected on 37.1 percent of her attempts.
"That jumper is kind of ridiculous. I have never seen anything quite like it," sophomore forward Ta'Shia Phillips said. "She just gets out there, is confident and is ready to shoot, which is a great help, especially being a freshman to be able to take on that kind of responsibility."
That confident jump shot was developed at a young age when Moss worked with a shooting coach. Not only was she influenced by her coaching, she was also influenced by her family.
"It is like a tradition in my family, we are just all known for shooting and I always looked up to my older brothers and all they could do is shoot, so I just used to watch them all the time and learn from them," Moss said.
Now, her Musketeer teammates look to Moss when they need a big three pointer and as she continues to improve as Xavier's lone freshman.
"I feel really good about the kids in our program, they have worked really hard this year and I think they will continue to work hard and we have a lot of positive things going on here," McGuff said.
Moss and the Musketeers hope to extend their 11-game winning streak when they begin a three-game home stand this week. First up is George Washington at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, followed by a rematch with rival Dayton at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 and then against La Salle at Noon on Feb. 18.
"It is a big adjustment from high school to college and she has continued to get better and she will continue to be a big part of our success down the stretch," McGuff said.