February 13, 2010 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 firstname.lastname@example.org
SF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
SAINTS FALL IN OVERTIME TO CFCC, 93-86
Gainesville, FL – Central Florida CC (17-10, 3-4 MFC) stayed in the FCCAA State Tournament picture with an important win over the Mid-Florida Conference champion Santa Fe Saints (17-9, 6-2 MFC) on Saturday afternoon, pulling out an overtime victory 93-86 in the two teams’ third meeting this season. SF won the first two meetings in Ocala earlier this year and have already clinched a spot in the State Tournament in Marianna, FL.
“CFCC did a very good job today,” said Coach Chanda Stebbins. “They played hard and adjusted when they needed to.”
SF leading scorer Lanita Bartley was in early foul trouble limiting her to only 11 minutes of action in the first half. She more than made up for it in the second half when she scored 21 points and hit a buzzer beating three point shot to send the game into overtime.
The Saints opened the game on an 8-0 run and led by as many as nine in the opening period. CFCC closed the gap at the end of the half and took a 34-29 lead into the break after a 14-3 run.
Santa Fe led only once in the second half after India Johnson made a three pointer with 12:32 to go. CFCC retook the lead on the next possession and held onto it until 1.2 seconds left, when Bartley made a three point shot to send the game to overtime.
Bartley started the overtime with a layup to put SF up 79-77. The Saints failed to make another field goal the rest of the period after Bartley fouled out one minute in, shooting 1-for-10 in overtime. The Patriots capitalized on Santa Fe’s cold shooting streak and broke the game open with ten straight points in route to the win.
The Saints struggled from the free throw line, making only 51.1% (23-for-45), while CFCC shot 68.4% (26-for-38).
“Our lack of execution on the free throw line was a big factor in the loss today,” said Stebbins. “We missed three straight when we were down by one at the end of regulation and it’s very tough to bounce back from that. To Lanita’s credit, she made a big three to tie it up, but our players have to take advantage of opportunities to put the game away.”
Bartley led all scorers with 28 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Tracie Sneed scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds for a double double and Jazmyne Green also scored in double figures with 16 points.
The Saints final regular season game takes place at home on Wednesday, February 17 against Florida State College-Jacksonville at 6:00pm.