Eastern Florida Women’s Basketball Team Historic Season Comes to End With Championship Game Loss
By Michael Parsons, Eastern Florida State Sports // March 12, 2018
titans now wait to see if they make national tourney
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College women’s basketball team’s historic run ended Saturday night in the championship game.
The Titans struggled to find their range against No. 2 Gulf Coast State College, losing 81-57 at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.
Mariah Batz left her mark on the tournament hitting four more 3-pointers in the game and finished with 17 3-pointers for the tournament, tying the all-time record. The sophomore from Titusville had nine 3-pointers in the quarterfinals when the team set the individual game record with 16 3-pointers.
Batz and the Titans got off to a quick start, building a 10-2 lead on the two-time defending state tournament champions. But then the Titans went cold and Gulf Coast went on a big 16-0 run to lead 18-10 after the first quarter.
The Titans battled back and headed to the locker room down 12, 36-24. But it was not the Titans night as Gulf Coast won the tournament for the third straight season.
Batz, Alexandrine Obouh Fegue, and Brianna Lewis were a named to the all-tournament team and Obouh Fegue was named to the all-state team.
Eastern Florida State College will wait and see if their run in the state tournament was enough to get them a bid in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The selection show is at 11 a.m. Monday.
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