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BCC Women Fall to St. Louis, 73-66

January 3, 2013 - The Brevard Community College women's basketball team came close to opening the 2013 portion of its schedule on a high note but faltered down the stretch in dropping a 73-66 decision to visiting St. Louis Community College on Thursday at the Melbourne Campus gym.

BCC led 33-31 at halftime and 41-35 with 16 minutes and 26 seconds to play. But St. Louis made the key plays when it had to in handing the Lady Titans their 10th straight defeat and dropping them to 2-13.

St. Louis, which competes at the NJCAA Division II level compared to Division I for BCC, improved to 9-2.

Sophomore Shanecee Stephens, the Lady Titans top scorer, led BCC with 27 points. She was the only Lady Titan in double figures. Freshman Diamond Suggs led St. Louis with 20 points while hard-nosed sophomore guard Kirstie Owen contributed 17.

Suggs scored at the 11:15 mark of the second half to give St. Louis a 48-46 lead. Stephens sank a three-pointer to bring BCC to within one, 52-51, with 7:15 to play but St. Louis asserted itself building a 10-point advantage that proved insurmountable.

The effort was helped by the defensive presence of 5-foot, 10-inch sophomore Lauren Maclin who recorded a half-dozen blocked shots to thwart the Lady Titans.

BCC has one day to regroup before opening Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference play by hosting Broward College at 2 p.m. Saturday in Melbourne.

"Much better effort, better defensive effort," BCC head coach Renee Bellamy said. "We just didn't have enough time to pull out the game.

"I was pleased with what I saw as far as their effort. Offensively we look a little bit better and defensively we looked a lot better. We've got to learn from this and have the opportunity to win on Saturday."

BCC's men's team, off to its best start in 13 seasons with a 12-3 record also plays on Saturday, hosting Tampa Bay International Academy at 4 p.m. in Melbourne.

Admission to BCC home games is free.