Eastern Florida State College Women’s Basketball Team Advanced to Quarterfinals of NJCAA Division I Tournament
By Michael Parsons, EFSC Sports Information // March 24, 2023
Titans defeated No. 18 Walters State College 73-45
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College women’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament for the second straight year on Thursday night.
The Titans, who are the No. 2 seed in the tournament, defeated No. 18 Walters State College 73-45 at Rip Griffin Center at Lubbock Christian University in Texas.
Eastern Florida State College got off to a slow start but got things going late in the first quarter as Leilani Guion hit a 3-pointer, and Isimenme Ozzy-Momodu would make a basket to give the Titans their first lead.
They would lose the lead again for a few moments, but the Titans finished with seven straight points before a Walters State 3-pointer to end the first quarter.
“It is hard to just jumpstart, and we took a moment to get warmed up and going, but once we got settled into the game, we were OK but I think we just had some nerves,” Eastern Florida State College women’s basketball coach MJ Baker said.
Up 18-15, the Titans took over the game in the second quarter as they would build the lead to 10 points on a couple of free throws by Amelia Hassett with 4:21 left in the second quarter, gave the Titans a 32-22 lead.
From there, the defense began making a difference as Walters State failed to get a shot off twice, and the Titans would outscore Walters State 24-13 in the quarter to take a 15-point lead into halftime.
L’or Eyeba Mputu would score six quick points early in the third quarter and the Titans never looked back.
Ozzy-Momodu finished with 16 points and six rebounds, while teammate Mputu had 14 and five rebounds. Elli Garnett had a big all-around game with 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The win was the 32nd of the season for the Titans, who will play in the national tournament quarterfinals Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT.