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CF women down PSC in battle of ranked teams
December 5, 2013By Richard Burton of COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The College of Central Florida women's basketball team made the plays when it needed to in order to snap a 15-game losing streak against the Panhandle Conference.
The Patriots won over a Panhandle Conference foe for the first time since December 18, 2010 with a 60-58 victory over Pensacola in a battle of state-ranked teams on Thursday afternoon at CF.
CF (6-5), which is ranked No. 10 in the state, scored the go-ahead basket with 1:08 left on a layup by R'Kiyah Scott and then played tough defense down the stretch to hold off the No. 8 Pirates.
After Scott's basket, which capped a small flurry of four straight points, PSC's leading scorer Teadra Jones (22 points) misfired on a 3-pointer and the Patriots grabbed the rebound.
With both teams in the double-bonus and a seven-second differential from the game and shot clocks, PSC elected to try to force the Patriots into a miss trailing by two.
The Pirates did just this, as Kai Jones came up short with eight seconds left and PSC grabbed the rebound and pushed it to midcourt.
From there, Kristen Dickerson hesitated for a brief moment and then glanced at the clock and found Tiarra Pollnitz, who weaved through a defender and put up a floater.
Pollnitz, though, came up short and CF's LaShaughn Jones grabbed the rebound as time expired and gave the win to the Patriots, who were ranked in the state coaches poll this week for the first time since February 14, 2012.
Scott led CF with 14 points, while Jazmine Joseph went 5-for-5 and scored 11 points.
The Patriots also outrebounded the Pirates (7-4) 64-47, led by Mhykeah Baez and LaShaughn Jones, who grabbed 12 rebounds apiece.
Brittany Grant added seven rebounds and Angelle Simon pulled down six for CF, which held a 27-13 edge in offensive rebounds and outscored the Pirates 15-6 in second-chance points.
CF also held PSC to 20-of-65 shooting, which included a 5-of-21 effort from beyond the arc.
The Patriots led by eight with 18:52 left, but scored just one field goal over the next 11 minutes and saw the Pirates lead 54-50 at the 7:21 mark of the second half.
CF battled back and tied things up on a 3-pointer by Scott with 4:58 remaining, the first of three ties down the stretch.
Valerie Hill made a pair of clutch free throws with 2:49 remaining to tie things at 58, before Scott's go-ahead basket.
The Patriots were able to use their efforts on defense and on the glass to offset a 21-of-77 overall shooting effort, which included a 2-of-19 mark from 3-point range.
As time ticked away in the first half, CF went to its strengths of defense and rebounding to gain the momentum from the Pirates.
CF used a late 14-1 run and took a 39-32 halftime edge, as it battled back from a six-point deficit.
Sparked by three shots from beyond the arc by Teadra Jones, the Pirates led 29-23 with 5:17 left before the break, but they wouldn't score another field goal for the next 4 minutes and 16 seconds.
The Patriots, though, scored nine straight points, with five from Scott and four from Baez to get their run started.
For the half, CF held PSC to 12-of-29 shooting and outrebounded the taller Pirates 28-16.