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CF women knock off HCC

January 23, 2014

Courtesy of CF Sports Information

The College of Central Florida women’s basketball got a much-needed win on Wednesday night.

After seeing Hillsborough rally from down 11 points in the final 6:35 to force overtime, the Patriots never trailed in the extra session and held off the Hawks for an 80-78 win at Patriot Gym.

“This was a big one for us,” said CF coach Tommy Jones, a former head coach at Hillsborough. “We could have crumbled after we let it get away there at the end of the regulation, but the girls played hard.

“They always have and they always try to do things that I ask them to do. They kept after it and did a great job.”

CF avenged an 83-65 loss to the Hawks earlier this season.

“Now that we’ve got the lid off maybe we can do better,” Jones said. “After getting waxed down there, to come back and get a win here is big for us. We’ve got (conference rival) Santa Fe (on Saturday on the road) and now have the chance to go there and get one back.

“I’m proud of the effort of the girls. We got effort from all over the place. We needed something and they battled hard.”

Arlia Greene (16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) put CF ahead for good with a basket at the 4:03 mark of overtime.

Mhykeah Baez (14 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks), Kai Jones (12 points, six rebounds), R’Kiyah Scott (10 points) and Brittany Grant (10 points, eight rebounds, six assists) also contributed for the Patriots, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

CF also snapped a six-game losing streak to the Hawks (13-10, 2-3) dating back to January 18, 2012.

Hillsborough trailed 60-49 with 6:35 left, but got 16 points in the final 6:20 from Alexis Robertson, including the tying 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds left in regulation.

CF had one last chance to win the game in regulation, but Grant’s heave from just beynd halfcourt was off and Baez missed on a follow.

From there, the Patriots made 6-of-10 free throws in overtime and went up 79-76 after Grant knocked down a pair of foul shots with 30.9 seconds left in the extra session.

After an exchange of turnovers, the Hawks got two free throws from Kayla Roberts with 9.1 seconds on the clock.

CF then got a free throw from Grant and the Patriots then didn’t allow the Hawks to get a shot off and earned its first win since December 30 at Eastern Florida State.

For the game, the Patriots held the Hawks to 26-of-82 shooting and finished with a 54-47 edge on the glass.

Simiah Blount led Hillsborough with 21 points, while Roberson scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Hawks fell behind 10-0 to start the game and trailed by eight at halftime.

CF trailed for only 13 seconds in the game and took its biggest advantage after an 11-1 run that made the score 60-49 with 6:35 remaining.

\Robertson, though, made four shots from 3-point range and the Patriots failed to score over the final 3:11 of regulation, as the Hawks sent the game into the extra session.
CF didn’t quit and made the plays late to earn a key conference win.

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