OCALA-- The College of Central Florida women's basketball is off to its first 2-0 start in Mid-Florida Conference play in six seasons.
Now, the Patriots will have a chance at the two-time defending conference champions on Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. when they host FSC-Jacksonville. CF (16-4, 2-0) has lost six straight games to the Blue Wave (14-4, 1-0), but has turned around numerous recent trends under second-year coach Tommy Jones.
The Patriots have been paced by Thais Oliveira, this week's FCSAA Player of the Week, who just missed out on a triple-double in terms of points, rebounds and blocks in a 61-50 road win over rival Santa Fe this past Saturday.
With Oliveira dominating the inside, CF has forced its opponents to fire out numerous 3-pointers to a 5-of-54 mark over two conference games. The Patriots are holding opponents to just 26.6 percent shooting in conference play.
"We've got to go out and do what we do well and that is play defense and take care of the ball," CF coach Tommy Jones said.
Like CF, FSC-J holds a win over Santa Fe in conference play. The Blue Wave were off this past Saturday.
On Wednesday, the team that is able to control the tempo and impose its will should prevail.
CF has been able to use its defense to cause havoc for opponents, while the Blue Wave are known for trying to wear opponents down with their depth.
FSC-J plays an up-tempo brand of basketball, averaging 84.4 points per game and has made nearly 32 field goals per game, which, along with its 46.3 percent shooting, are all good for top national marks.