FLORENCE, S.C. – Women’s basketball legend and 1979 Francis Marion University graduate Pearl Moore was named as one of 10 athletes in the inaugural class for the Florence Area Athletic Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made at a press conference at the Florence Civic Center, where the hall of fame will be located. The formal induction ceremony will take place Jan. 14, 2006, with former football coach Willie Jeffries as guest speaker.
Also among the first inductees will be former golf coach Grant Bennett (McClenaghan High School coach); football player Lukie Brunson (Florence High School); NFL great Harry Carson (McClenaghan High School); major league baseball catcher Vic Correll (McClenaghan High School); major league baseball pitcher Don Hood (Southside High School); former Wofford College standout Bobby Jordan (Southside High School); basketball player, coach, and former Harlem Globetrotter Jolette Law (Wilson High School), football coach Jim Wall (McClenaghan High School coach); and football player Joey Walters (West Florence High School).
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, no male player surpassed her record total.
Moore averaged 30.6 points per game over her four seasons at Francis Marion, and helped lead head coach Sylvia Rhyne 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. 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 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.
Moore was one of the first inductees into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, and in 2000, she was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1994, she was nominated by the university for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During the summer of 1996, several items from Moore's playing days were sent to the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., for inclusion in the Women's Basketball Exhibit Area.