Jordan Moser is a senior forward on the girls basketball team. In her second varsity season, she entered this week averaging 4.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and shooting 62.2 percent from the field. A Wilmette resident and graduate of St. Francis Xavier, Moser is the daughter of a basketball lifer. Porter Moser is a native of Naperville and played at Benet and then at Creighton University. A college coach since 1990, he’s in his eighth season as head coach for Loyola University’s men’s basketball team. Last season, the Ramblers reached their first Final Four since 1963 when they won the program’s only national title. Jordan has three younger brothers. Jake is a sophomore at Loyola and plays basketball. Ben is in eighth grade, and Max is in sixth grade. They both attend St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette.
MAROON & GOLD: After playing limited minutes last season, you now are a featured player as a senior, starting games and one of the fixtures in the rotation. Describe your role.
JORDAN MOSER: I am definitely trying to be more of a leader this season. We have a lot of young girls on this team, and it’s important for the seniors to be available to them. It can hard if you’re a freshman or sophomore to blend in. I want to be someone they can talk to and someone who can offer advice. I also do my best to push them in practice.
M&G: The team lost its third close game of the season Friday, falling to St. Ignatius 40-35 at home. The three defeats have been to quality opponents and by a total of 12 points. What’s the mindset right now?
JM: They were all hard losses, and we were upset about them. But we are looking ahead and staying positive. We are focused, and everybody is locked in. We will be a stronger team because of those games.
M&G: I’m assuming your dad, Porter Moser, is a proponent of a Jesuit education. He graduated from Creighton and now is the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Loyola University. He also served as an assistant coach at Creighton and St. Louis University. Are you grateful for your experiences at Loyola?
JM: Yes. I enjoy everything Loyola has to offer. We are about helping others, and I believe the Ignatian way can have a huge impact on lives. Faith is an important part of our family. My dad always tells us life is a process, and that God has a plan. I value what I’ve learned while at Loyola.
M&G: You’ve been around basketball your whole life. When did you start playing?
JM: I was in third grade when I joined my first team. It was around seventh or eighth grade when I really became invested in it. I have a passion for it.
M&G: What’s been one of the highlights so far in your basketball career at Loyola?
JM: It was so cool to be part of winning [the Class 4A] regional championship last season. We beat Evanston [at Lane Tech], and they are always such a tough team to play. We really wanted to win that one. I would also say beating St. Ignatius the second time we played them last season. We lost to them in the Jesuit Cup, so it was good to get some revenge.
M&G: Loyola University’s men’s basketball team captured the attention of the country earlier this year with its run to the Final Four. One of my best friends is a graduate and has owned season tickets for years. What was it like for you as daughter of the head coach?
JM: Surreal. It’s hard to believe all of that happened. I went to every game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and every game of the NCAA tournament. It was incredible to watch. My favorite part is that they do everything the right way. The players are great guys and genuinely unselfish people. They are successful in both the classroom and on the court. That’s cool to see.
M&G: What was it like at home during the tournament?
JM: A lot of nervous excitement.
M&G: How about at Loyola Academy?
JM: Everybody was talking about the team and very supportive. It was cool to see people wearing the team’s gear.
M&G: I can’t imagine how busy your dad was last season, especially during the postseason. How did he balance both work and family?
JM: He does a very good job at it. Even when he has practice or is at the office, he will make time to come to our practices or games. I remember last season he raced up to watch a game after a practice and then went back to work. I’m so lucky. He’s always willing to help me. He will give me pointers or advice to make me a better player, but he’s never hard on me.
M&G: One of your dad’s mentors was the late Rick Majerus, who had a successful career as a college head coach and also was a popular personality in the sport. Majerus led Utah to second place at the 1998 NCAA tournament. Your dad coached with him at St. Louis from 2007-2011. Did you ever have the chance to meet Majerus?
JM: I was very fortunate to have known him. He took me to get ice cream. He was the best.
M&G: I have to ask about Sister Jean. Is she as awesome as she seems?
JM: Yes. She’s so sweet and is always around. She’s supportive of all of Loyola’s teams, girls and boys. She used to sit two rows behind us at games, and my mom [Megan] would always freak out because we were so loud.
M&G: Do you have plans to play basketball in college?
JM: I’ve been talking to coaches and trying to figure it all out. I want to find the school that is the best fit for me, both academically and athletically. I’m in the middle of the progress right now.