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Women's Basketball bids farewell to seniors

By Kyle Isaacs
On April 12, 2012

Despite ending their careers at Xavier with a disappointing season, Seniors Tyeasha Moss and Sabrina Johnson have each had successful careers as Musketeer basketball players. Both were members of the 2010 team that made a deep run to the Elite 8 in the 2010 NCAA

Tournament. Moss, who started 30 games each year since her sophomore year, finished her career with 1,121 points and over 300 assists. As the lone returning starter from

the 2010-11 squad, she was the anchor for this year's team.

Moss averaged 13.3 points per game and scored in double figures in 21 of the 27 games this season. Graduating with 92 wins under her belt, Moss had time to reflect on her career at Xavier and was honored at the thought of being included with some of the great players to previously play at

Xavier as she enters into the 1,000 point club. "I will miss playing on the Cintas Center court and will miss the memories I made with my teammates," Moss said. Her favorite part about playing for Xavier was that memorable

Elite 8 appearance and "owning the Atlantic 10."

In addition to her 1,000 points, fellow senior Johnson admired Moss' tenacity and hard work. "She was such a hard worker regardless of offense or defense," Johnson

said. "I really enjoyed watching her play." The Columbus,

Ohio native will graduate this spring with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. While her career did

not begin at Xavier, Johnson still left an impact in her two years as a Musketeer. As a transfer via Gulf Coast Community college, Johnson appeared in 23 games as a junior in her first year at Xavier. This year, with increased

playing time, Johnson shot 57 percent from the field and went out with a bang on Senior Night, falling one rebound short of a double-double. During the 2009-10 season,

when Johnson was required to sit out as a result of NCAA transfer rules, she competed on the track and field team for Xavier. In her short time as a member of this team, she set the school record in the discus throw with a distance of 45.16 meters. As a player, my favorite games were always the Dayton games because they were always competitive,"

Johnson said. When asked what she will miss most about playing for Xavier, Johnson noted that she loved practice because she was able to "go play and do what [she] wanted to do." Moss loved the effort that Johnson brought to the table dayin and day-out. "I enjoyed that no matter the

situation, Sabrina gave you 110 percent," Moss said. "She played hard every play for the team." Outside of the arena, Johnson has already graduated with a liberal arts degree and is currently pursuing a special education master's

degree. Both seniors were quick to point out how much they have matured since they first arrived on campus, both as players and as students. Outside of basketball,

Johnson enjoyed hanging out with her friends and watching

volleyball, a sport she used to play in high school. Moss, who is not much of a sports fan outside of basketball, enjoyed catching up on her sleep in between practices and class. Both Moss and Johnson spoke highly of Coach Waugh but mentioned that in a game of one-on-one, they would each defeat their head coach.

"I would definitely beat her," Moss said. "She wouldn't be able to get her jump shot off on me." Whether or not

they could defeat their now former head coach may still be up for question, but Waugh and the Xavier women's

basketball team does know that it lost two great seniors this


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