Lady Patriots down Broward 90-62

Lady Patriots down Broward 90-62

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OCALA--In dominant fashion, the College of Central Florida women's basketball team extended its winning streak to five straight games on Thursday night.

The Patriots (11-3) placed five players in double figures and routed Broward College 90-62 to close out its final home game of 2014.

CF, which is off to its best start in five years, led 51-38 at halftime and opened things up even more after the break.

Thais Oliveira, the reigning NJCAA National Player of the Week, scored 14 of her game-high 21 points after halftime for the Patriots, who have lost just once at home this season. Oliveira added 14 rebounds, three steals and two assists for CF, which held a 48-38 rebounding edge.

Backing Oliveira in the rout were Marcella Rocha (16 points, six assists), Valerie Hill (11 points, 13 rebounds), Keaundra Ivory (10 points) and Quira Demery (11 points, four rebounds).

Rocha made 2-of-3 from 3-point range and has made nine shots from beyond the arc over her last two home games.

Hill, a sophomore from Jacksonville, picked up her first double-double of her CF career. She also tallied a career-high 13 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Ivory established a career-high at CF with her first double-digit scoring effort, while Demery continued her solid play on the inside. 

For the game, CF made 46.4 percent of its shots from the floor and also outscored the Seahawks 23-7 at the free throw line.

The Patriots scored 25 points off 17 turnovers by Broward in the first half and 36 for the game, as they excelled in transition off their opponents' miscues.

CF also assisted on 17-of-32 made baskets and held a 20-6 advantage in second-chance points.

The Patriots held a 19-15 edge in offensive rebounds.

For the game, CF also forced 26 turnovers, as it finished with a season-high in scoring and also had a season-best 16 steals in the rout.

The Lady Patriots will head on the road tomorrow and take on Indian River at 5:30 p.m.