#TCCBasketball: Eagle men, women rise in NJCAA rankings

Photo courtesy of Michael Schwarz
Photo courtesy of Michael Schwarz

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 4, 2018) – Tallahassee Community College's women's basketball team has established another all-time mark under head coach Franqua "Q" Bedell. 

The defending national champion Eagles, on Tuesday, moved up two spots to No. 3 in the NJCAA's Division I Women's Basketball Top 25, marking the highest regular season ranking in school history. 

Tallahassee's previous best NJCAA ranking was No. 4, accomplished three different times during the 2017-18 season en route to the program's first-ever national championship. 

Tuesday was the NJCAA's first regular season poll of the 2018-19 campaign. 

The 10-0 Eagles are one of four Panhandle Conference schools ranked – in the top ten. 

Northwest Florida State College, the preseason No. 2 team, ascended to the No. 1 ranking. Chipola College climbed two spots to No. 5 while Gulf Coast State College, ranked third in the preseason, slipped to No. 10. The same four teams are ranked in the same order atop the Region 8 Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll, also released on Tuesday. 

The fifth PC school, Pensacola State College, fell out of the Top 25 but received the most points among all other schools receiving votes. 

A fifth Region 8 school, Florida SouthWestern State College, is ranked 18th

Meanwhile, the Tallahassee men soared into the national spotlight, going from unranked to No. 12 thanks to an 11-0 start to the season. 

Buoyed by a string of upsets, the Eagles climbed into the No. 3 spot in today's Region 8 Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll behind top-ranked Northwest Florida State and No. 2 Florida SouthWestern. That order held true in the NJCAA's Top 25. 

Northwest Florida State is the top ranked team in the NJCAA while Florida SouthWestern climbed five spots to No. 5 in the NJCAA poll. 

Chipola is ranked No. 18 and Daytona State College, who the Eagles will play on Saturday, is ranked 23rd

Tallahassee is one of 11 schools to have both its men's and women's teams ranked nationally.