Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Men's, Women's Basketball Teams Back in Action Today

January 9, 2013 - Brevard Community College's women's and men's basketball teams face games away from home today.

The women play their second Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference game at St. Petersburg Community College at 6 p.m. St. Petersburg is 1-0 in conference and 10-6 overall. BCC, 2-14 and losers of 11 straight, dropped its first conference game, 60-50 to Broward College, on Saturday.

The men, 13-4 but coming off a disappointing 60-56 loss at Polk State College on Monday, play their final non-conference game against the Webber International junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. in Babson Park.

BCC beat Webber's JVs 121-57 on Dec. 5 at the Melbourne Campus gym.

BCC opens conference play at arch rival Indian River State College in Fort Pierce at 2 p.m. on Saturday then host unbeaten and nationally sixth-ranked Palm Beach State (18-0 heading into Saturday's game at Broward) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Admission to BCC home games is free.

For the women, head coach Renee Bellamy is stressing aggressiveness and discipline.

"In order to beat St. Pete, we will need to play solid, aggressive defense from the start of the game to finish," she said.

"We will also need to be disciplined on the offensive end in order to get good shots in the half-court offense. Finally, we will need to outwork St. Pete on every possession and knock down free throws."

Sophomore Shaneece Stephens leads BCC in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game. She scored 48 points in the Lady Titans' last two games, 27 against St. Louis Community College and 21 against Broward.

Stephens is the only BCC player in double figures for scoring.

As for the men, head coach Jeremy Shulman can't wait for the game.

"I'm looking forward to the Webber game to see how our guys respond after a tough game at Polk State," Shulman said. "I think you'll see a different, much improved team on the floor."

Sophomore co-captains Addison Spruill and Nyles Evans were leading BCC in scoring at 16.9 and 16.1 points per game respectively heading into the Polk game.