Mosgrove wins national 3-point contest

By Michael Wood

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Massachusetts women’s basketball player Cerie Mosgrove took her record-breaking stroke to the 2011 State Farm Women’s 3-Point Shooting Contest in Houston, Tex. on Thursday night and won the 3-point title.

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Mosgrove defeated seven other players from schools spanning the country and netted 19 baskets in the final round to secure the championship title, which was nationally broadcasted on ESPN2. She defeated Kelsey Bolte of Iowa State in the finals, 19-11.

“I’m just completely ecstatic to have made as many as I did, considering the caliber of players I was up against,” said Mosgrove in a UMass Athletics interview. “I’m really honored that I was able to represent UMass on a national level.”

After claiming the women’s title, Mosgrove went on to face the men’s 3-point shooting contest winner, Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), and fell one basket short of tying his mark.

“I had no idea how I was going to do, since my legs were shaking from nerves and excitement, but [I] fought through it,” Mosgrove added in an interview with ESPN2. “Obviously he’s a phenomenal shooter and hit a few more [in the finals] I just couldn’t finish in the end.”

Mosgrove was invited to compete in the Final Four festivities after leading the NCAA in 3-point percentage in 2010-11 and ending the season 78-of-157 from 3-point range.

She also set school records for 3-pointers and 3-point percentage during her time at UMass and sits in third-place all-time for each of those categories.

This season, Mosgrove led the Minutewomen in points with 408 and rebounds with 195. She also ended the season second on the team in points-per-game (14.4) and rebounds-per-game (6.5). She was one of three seniors on the squad along with Megan Zullo and Stephanie Lawrence.

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