Following Passing Of Coach Grimes On Monday, Lady Titans Win Emotional Game On Tuesday, 88-51
By Michael Parsons, EFSC Sports // February 1, 2017
outscoED ASA Miami 32-11 IN THIRD QUARTER
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College women’s basketball team picked up an emotional victory at Titan Field House.
Taking the court for the first time since head coach Jim Grimes passed away, the Titans played inspired basketball Tuesday night, defeating ASA Miami in a Southern Conference game 88-51.
Before the game, the team walked to the center of the court united with locked arms.
When they reached center court, each player walked up to coach Grimes usual chair on the team’s bench, placing the No. 4 Eastern Florida jersey on the back of the chair as well as other items to remember their coach.
Following a moment of silence, the whistle blew and the Titans came out fast, outscoring the Silver Storm 24-14 in the first quarter led by Theodora Odia’s 10 points.
Up nine points at the half, the Titans once again came out shooting well and put together their best quarter of the season in the third, outscoring ASA Miami 32-11 in the quarter and led 71-41 after three quarters.
ABOVE VIDEO: This January 21st battle with Broward College at Titan Field House turned out, unfortunately, to be the last home game Jim Grimes coached for his Lady Titans. Coach Grimes passed away Monday at the age of 45.
The Titans finished the night with 13 3-pointers as Evey Sagner and Mariah Batz each had four.
Odia led the team with a career-high 18 points while Caitlyn Smith and Batz each had 14 and Victoria Morales had 13 in the win.
Overall, six players finished in double figures and Trudy Walker had a season-high 22 rebounds along with 12 points, her 12th double-double of the season.
When the final buzzer sounded, one by one the players made their way up the bleachers where the family of coach Grimes were seated, and celebrated the victory with hugs.
The Titans (7-16, 2-4) return to the Titan Field House Saturday afternoon, where they will host Florida Southwestern at 2 p.m.
Live coverage of the game will be on WEFS-TV and online at efsctitans.com/webcast