Chick-Fil-A Florence Athletic Hall Of Fame
Pearl Frances Moore
1975 graduate of Wilson High School
Born on March 16, 1957 in Florence
Was a four year starter and three time team MVP at Wilson in basketball.
MVP at AAU Junior Olympics in 1975 & 1976. AAU All American in 1977.
Attended Anderson Jr. College and Francis Marion University on a Basketball scholarship and graduated with a BS degree in Sociology
While at FMU she was a 3 time AIAW Small College All American 1976-77-78 and played in three National Tournament appearances with FMU.
She is a member of the FMU Hall of Fame and her jersey (#12) was retired in 1992.
Named to FMU 20th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team.
She set the all-time collegiate scoring record, male & female, with 4,061 points in her career at FMU. Averaged 30.6 points a game for her career and before the three point arc. Scored in double figures every game in her career at FMU.
3 time SCAIAW All Tournament Team.
4 time SCAIAW All State Team.
American Women’s Sports Foundation All American- 1979.
AWSF Small College Player of the Year- 1979.
SCAIAW Player of the Year- 1979.
1979 South Carolina Sports Writers “Player of the Year”.
First round draft pick of WBL Pro Basketball League, New York Stars and played from 1979-80.
1980-81 played with the St. Louis Streak where she was an All Star selection.
She also played in the Foreign Pro League with Venezuela for one season
Named the South Carolina Amateur Athlete of the Year- 1978-79.
She is a member of the South Carolina Hall of Fame- 2000.
Nominated for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. & the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. and a finalist for the Coveted Wade Trophy in 1978.
Named a Palmetto Lady by the State of South Carolina
Named a Kentucky Colonel by the State of Kentucky
Was given the “Key to the City” on March 26, 1979 on Pearl Moore Day
After her pro career, she served as an Assistant Coach at Union High School with Anne Long, her Wilson High School coach, where they won two state girls basketball titles.
Appeared in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd”.
Inducted into 2011 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Pearl was nominated by FMU/Michael Hawkins. “Pearl Moore may be the greatest basketball player (male or female) to come out of the Palmetto State, certainly the most prolific scorer. She played at a time when women’s athletics did not get the national press coverage it deserved and her exploits on the court are very much unrecognized. Bottom line - she is the best hoop player ever produced by Florence! Just ask anyone who ever saw her play.”