OCALA--The College of Central Florida women's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to get past Hillsborough Community College 68-50 on Saturday night at Patriot Gym.
The Patriots held the Hawks to just 18 points and 28 percent shooting after halftime and won for the fifth-straight time over HCC dating back to last season.
CF used a 14-3 run in the third quarter to go up by 15 and put all the pressure squarely on the Hawks.
Briana Mann added a career-high 14 rebounds for CF, who held a 54-42 edge on the boards.
The Patriots also forced 29 turnovers and scored 26 points off those miscues by the Hawks.
CF made 22-of-33 from the free throw line, led by Rocha, who hit 8-of-10.
Mallory was key in the third quarter, as she scored eight points to spark the big run for the Patriots.
With the win, CF improved to 4-4 in the Mid-Florida Conference and currently sits two games ahead of FSC-Jacksonville for the third and final playoff spot from the MFC to the state tournament.
The Patriots host the Blue Wave on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
CF has won the last five games with FSC-J including both match ups this season.