Women's Basketball upsets reigning MFC champs

Women's Basketball upsets reigning MFC champs

OCALA-- Back in the NJCAA National Poll for the first time in six seasons, the College of Central Florida women's basketball team showed it belonged.

The No. 24-ranked Patriots (17-4, 3-0) remained atop the Mid-Florida Conference standings with a 75-64 win over No. 13 FSC-Jacksonville on Wednesday night at Patriot Gym.

Sheanna James (20 points, six rebounds, six assists), Thais Oliveira (16 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots), Marcella Rocha (15 points, eight assists, three rebounds), Valerie Hill (nine points, nine rebounds) and Brittany Grant (seven points, seven assists, six rebounds) led CF, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the two-time conference champions over the past two seasons.

The Patriots led by as many as 19 points in the first half and kept up a double-digit lead from the 15:30 mark of the first until the final minute of the game.

CF made 31-of-57 shots (54.4 percent) and 12-of-14 from the foul line in the win.

The Patriots assisted on 26-of-31 field goals and outrebounded the Blue Wave (14-5, 1-1) 40-36.

CF used a quick 9-0 run to go ahead 15-4 and took a 42-27 halftime edge.

Oliveira had 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the opening half, while James and Rocha combined for 20.

The Patriots limited the Blue Wave to 12-of-41 shooting over the first 20 minutes, compounded by an 0-of-8 mark from 3-point range.

From there, the Patriots kept the pressure on and scored 19 points off turnovers on their way to consistently beating the Blue Wave down the court.

CF also held FSC-J to 37.3 percent shooting overall and 21.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The 3-0 start is CF's best in conference play over the last six seasons.

The Patriots return to action next Wednesday with a visit to Daytona State.

Sheanna James (20 points, six rebounds, six assists), Thais Oliveira (16 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots), Marcella Rocha (15 points, eight assists, three rebounds), Valerie Hill (nine points, nine rebounds) and Brittany Grant (seven points, seven assists, six rebounds) led CF, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the two-time conference champions over the past two seasons.

The Patriots led by as many as 19 points in the first half and kept up a double-digit lead from the 15:30 mark of the first until the final minute of the game.

CF made 31-of-57 shots (54.4 percent) and 12-of-14 from the foul line in the win.

The Patriots assisted on 26-of-31 field goals and outrebounded the Blue Wave (14-5, 1-1) 40-36.

CF used a quick 9-0 run to go ahead 15-4 and took a 42-27 halftime edge.

Oliveira had 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the opening half, while James and Rocha combined for 20.

The Patriots limited the Blue Wave to 12-of-41 shooting over the first 20 minutes, compounded by an 0-of-8 mark from 3-point range.

From there, the Patriots kept the pressure on and scored 19 points off turnovers on their way to consistently beating the Blue Wave down the court.

CF also held FSC-J to 37.3 percent shooting overall and 21.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The 3-0 start is CF's best in conference play over the last six seasons.

The Patriots return to action next Wednesday with a visit to Daytona State.