Eastern Florida State College’s Women’s Basketball Marks Season With Awards
By Mark DeCotis // May 8, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s women’s basketball team celebrated its best season in 12 years on Thursday with a dinner and awards.
The Titans, under second-year head coach Jim Grimes, finished 22-8, won the FCSAA Southern Conference championship for the first time since 2002 and advanced to the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Tournament for the first time in that span.
The Titans finished the season ranked 19th nationally and sixth in Florida.
They were 13-2 in the conference and 11-1 at home overall.
Grimes was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year; sophomore guard Jessica Doyle of Palm Bay, Florida and Heritage High, was a FCSAA All-State selection and a first-team All-Conference pick.
Also named to the All-Conference first team were sophomore Rachelle Aupont and freshman Nene Johnson.
Freshmen Crystal Townsend and Paola Vasquez were named to the All-Conference second team.
The awards Grimes and his staff presented were:
• The Titan Way Award: Townsend.
• Most Valuable Player Award: Doyle.
• Dr. Marsha Mann Lake Scholar Athlete of the Year: Jovana Vukovic. The award is named for Dr. Lake, a math professor on the Titusville Campus. As Marsha Mann, Dr. Lake played in the World University Games in 1973 and was the University of North Carolina’s first women’s basketball All-American in 1975. Her uniform number 44 was retired. She also is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th anniversary team announced in 2003.
• Defensive Player of the Year: Vasquez.
• Statistical leader awards went to:
Free-throw percentage: Doyle.
Three-point shooting: Doyle.
Grimes and his staff also recognized departing sophomores Aupont, Dejah Bradshaw, Kristina Bugarski, Doyle and Rhaven Kemp.