Pearl Moore among 16 inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Pearl Moore has now officially taken her place among the game of basketball’s greatest players.
The Florence native and all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball history, was one of 16 people to be inducted into to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Moore was presented by former FMU and University of North Carolina coaching great Sylvia Hatchell.
The Wilson High graduate went on to play at Francis Marion University (then Francis Marion College) in the 1970s. A four-time All-American, Moore amassed 4,061 career points and was one of the first inductees into the FMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992. She was inducted into the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Florence Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
During her induction speech on Saturday, Moore said she has been blessed in many ways.
“First I’d like to thank God for the talent and the opportunities that he gave me, in basketball and in life,” said Moore. ‘I’ve been truly blessed.
” Moore said she owed an immense debt of gratitude to her family, especially her parents and her 10 brothers and sisters. Both of her parents are deceased.
“You helped me when I needed it,” she said.
She then acknowledged everyone who has been involved with running and operating the Pearl Moore Basketball Camps that she has put on throughout the years and the players that have come through those camps and the Pearl Moore Basketball Center.
She said the game of basketball had literally made all of her dreams come true.
“Tonight, having my name enshrined with the likes of those sitting in the Hall is indeed a fairy tale come true,” said Moore.