Women's Basketball snaps winning streak, falls to Eastern Florida

Women's Basketball snaps winning streak, falls to Eastern Florida

MELBOURNE- The College of Central Florida women's basketball team saw its six-game winning streak snapped in a 69-63 loss to Eastern Florida State on Tuesday night.

The Patriots (11-4) had drubbed the Titans by 21 points in Ocala nearly two weeks ago, but fell behind 45-20 at halftime and were unable to dig themselves out of the deep hole.

Valerie Hill led CF with a career-high 16 points, while Thais Oliveira (11 points) and Marcella Rocha (11 points) also contributed.

Oliveira, though, received very few chances in a scoreless first half, as the Titans shocked those in attendance.

"We just didn't show up," CF coach Tommy Jones said. "We missed so many easy shots and just stood around and didn't play any defense.

"They got a lot of open shots and pretty much did whatever they wanted in the first half."

Despite trailing by 25 at halftime, the Patriots made a game of it late, as they got the margin down to five in the waning minutes.

EFS, though, made enough plays late and held off its second straight Mid-Florida Conference power.

Last week, the Titans upset two-time defending MFC champion FSC-Jacksonville at home. FSC-J entered the game ranked No. 9 in the nation.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for CF over EFS over the past two seasons.

"Everyone has a game like this during the year, but the big thing will be how we bounce back from it," Jones said. "It's very disappointing to play like this after all of the good things we've done this season.

"We've got to bounce back and get back to work. We picked up the effort late, but it wasn't enough to pull the game out."