EFSC Women’s Basketball Still In First Place After Win, 75-67
By Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications // January 27, 2015
7-1 in the conference and 16-6 overall
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s women’s basketball team weathered several storms and closed the game with a 24-16 run to defeat stubborn Broward College 75-67 on Tuesday in Davie.
Eastern Florida retained first place in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference, improving to 7-1 in the conference and 16-6 overall.
The victory assured Eastern Florida of its first winning season in recent years.
Broward fell to 0-8 and 3-17 but gave Eastern Florida all it could handle. It built two eight-point leads in the first half before Eastern Florida closed to lead 44-39 at the break.
The second half went back and forth with Broward grabbing a 52-51 lead with 12 minutes and 53 seconds left to play.
That was Broward’s last lead of the game as Eastern Florida settled down and slowly took command with the help of 10 points from the free-throw line. Eastern Florida’s biggest advantage of the game was 73-59 with 51 seconds to go.
“It was not our best effort,” said Eastern Florida head coach Jim Grimes. “But getting road wins in our conference is not an easy thing to do.
“I thought the way we attacked in the second half offensively was the big difference because it got them in foul trouble early. We were in the double bonus with nine minutes left.
“I also think we were a little better defensively in the second half.”
Freshman Crystal Townsend led Eastern Florida with 18 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double.
Co-captains Jessica Doyle and Rachelle Aupont scored 15 each and freshman Paola Vasquez added 11 with three three-pointers.
Freshman Nene Johnson had three steals. Vasquez, Aupont and classmate Dejah Bradshaw had two each.
Eastern Florida returns home to the Titans Field House on the Melbourne campus on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff against Miami Dade College.
The Sharks are 10-13 and 5-3.
Eastern Florida has won nine straight at home.
Admission is free and the game will be carried live on WEFS-TV and streamed live at www.njcaatv.com/efsc