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Eastern Florida Women Win Home Opener Over Webber Junior Varsity
Nov. 12, 2013 - Shaking off three lopsided losses Eastern Florida State College's women's basketball team won its home opener on Tuesday defeating the Webber International junior varsity 68-52 on the Melbourne Campus.
Freshman Jessica Doyle was the only Eastern Florida player in double figures as she scored 27 points.
Eastern Florida improved to 2-4 but not without an early struggle. The Titans didn't score until the 17-minute, 3-second mark of the first half and didn't lead until Doyle sank two free throws for a 5-4 advantage at the 12:38 mark.
The Titans finally found their footing, building a 33-15 lead on a Doyle three-pointer with 2:20 remaining in the first half.
The Titans led 33-17 at the break and built a 60-35 lead with 4:12 to play on two Rhaven Kemp free throws. But the spunky Lady Warriors rallied back to make things a bit tighter than Eastern Florida head coach Jim Grimes would have liked.
"It was a very inconsistent effort against a team we were more talented than," Grimes said. "We've got to play a lot better."
As for Doyle's effort: "She plays so hard," Grimes said. "We need more of that. Her effort is unwavering. She did a good job for us tonight."
Doyle took the result in stride.
"We needed to come out big, we did OK," Doyle said.
Eastern Florida next plays Friday and Saturday in the Central Florida Tournament in Ocala, facing Daytona State College at 5 p.m. Friday and the host College of Central Florida at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Titans finish off the pre-Thanksgiving portion of their schedule with a game against Skagit Valley College of Washington state at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in Melbourne. Admission to Titans home games is free.