TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 9, 2017) – NJCAA No. 5/Region 8 No. 2 Tallahassee Community College defeated Region 8 No. 10 St. Petersburg 94-43 on Saturday in women's basketball action.
With the win, Tallahassee (10-0) equaled the 1996-97 squad for the best start in school history.
Saturday's outcome was rarely in doubt, but both teams endured a slow start. Midway through the first quarter, St. Petersburg led 6-4, and the game was tied at 8-all with 2:35 remaining.
Japonica James basket at the 1:44 mark put Tallahassee in front for good, and the Eagles led 14-8 after the first quarter.
Tallahassee finally got cranked up in the second quarter, outscoring the Titans 29-11.
A basket by Ayanna Mazyck with 4:45 left in the half gave the Eagles their first double-digit lead of the game (26-16). The Titans were still within striking distance when Troi Grant hit a free throw at the 2:53 mark, trailing 32-19.
St. Petersburg didn't score again until 1:10 remaining in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Tallahassee scored 37 unanswered points, including a 26-0 run to start the third quarter.
A free throw by Victoria Pearce ended the run and gave the Eagles a 69-19 lead. They led 69-22 at the end of the quarter.
Despite hitting just four of its first 12 field goal attempts, Tallahassee ended up shooting 50.7 percent (36-of-71) for the game.
James led all scorers with 22 points. Jamyra McChristine had a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Tallahassee will look for win No. 11 on Wednesday when it hosts ASA College Miami at noon. The game was added to the schedule to replace a pair of games originally scheduled in Niceville, Fla.