UF dismisses ex-Hernando star

Published March 24, 2005

GAINESVILLE - Bernice Mosby, the All-SEC forward who was suspended from the Florida basketball team in February, has been dismissed from the team, coach Carolyn Peck announced Wednesday evening.

The announcement ends a tumultuous month for Mosby, the former Hernando standout.

The Gators' leading scorer and rebounder this season, Mosby was suspended for the first half of the Gators' Feb. 25 game against Georgia. She sat in uniform with the team during the first half but left after halftime.

The next day, Peck suspended Mosby for the rest of the season, including the final four games of the regular season and the Gators' first-round WNIT game. Peck said several times that Mosby might have the option of returning next season if she "took care of some personal matters."

Wednesday that offer was taken off the table.

"This has been the hardest decision I've ever had to make as a coach," Peck said in a statement. "This decision is in the best interest for our basketball program and for Bernice. I wish her the best of luck in the future."

Several calls by the Times to Mosby's home in Hernando were not returned Wednesday night. Florida is giving Mosby, a junior, the option of remaining on scholarship to continue her education, but she will be granted a release to transfer if she chooses. She was a member of the 2004 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll. As a senior at Hernando High, Mosby was a finalist for the 2002 McDonald's All-American game and was expected to sign with LSU, but she changed her mind on national signing day and signed with then-coach Carol Ross.

The 6-foot Mosby started all 25 games she played in this season, averaging a team-best 30.3 minutes, 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. She was a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and media. In 2004, she was named the SEC Sixth Woman of the Year. She ends her Gator career with 1,124 points and 625 rebounds.

ALL-AMERICANS: LSU star Seimone Augustus was the only unanimous pick of the 45 Associated Press voters.

"People marvel at her mid-range jumper. I marvel at the fact she's always wide open when the opposition has practiced all week (to stop her)," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "That's because she's cerebral. She understands what cuts to make and when to pick up the basketball."

Augustus, a 6-foot-1 junior, received 225 points and was joined on the first team by Kansas State's Kendra Wecker (192), Duke's Monique Currie (180), Ohio State's Jessica Davenport (163) and TCU's Sandora Irvin (153).

Wecker received 36 first-team votes, Currie 29 and Davenport 22.