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Eastern Florida Women Lose 56-53 in Overtime

Feb. 1, 2014 - Eastern Florida's women's basketball team let one slip away on Saturday, dropping a 56-53 overtime decision to Indian River State College on the Melbourne Campus.

Eastern Florida fell to 4-19 overall and 1-8 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference. Indian River improved to 9-12 overall and 5-4 in the conference with its second three-point victory over Eastern Florida this season.

Eastern Florida had a chance to win at the end of regulation following big plays by freshman Deja Bradshaw, who just beat the shot clock with a three-pointer for a 45-44 Eastern Florida lead, and a steal by freshman Jessica Doyle with 30 seconds to play. But missed free throws by Doyle and Rachelle (Rocky) Aupont and two made free throws by Indian River's Mercedes Jorge allowed the visitors to tie the game at 46-46 and force the overtime.

An Aupont three-pointer with 1 minute and 14 seconds remaining in overtime gave Eastern Florida a 53-51 lead but a three-point basket by Sarah Kelton gave Indian River a 54-53 advantage with 56 seconds to play and Jorge sealed it with a two-pointer inside.

Aupont finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double in the last five games.

Eastern Florida head coach Jim Grimes, while disappointed, took the loss in stride.

"We talked about the process of building a program, how hard it is, the steps you have to take to get from where we started to where we want to go," he said.

"It's a long process, you can't skip any steps. We're making progress. We didn't get the result we wanted. We're getting closer. You have some of those games on the way to building a program."

As for the missed free throws: "Those are tough," Grimes said. "People who play, you have those situations. I told them it's like any other mistake. You acknowledge your mistake, you learn from it and you forget it. I don't want them thinking about it the next time.

"I told Jessica if we had to walk out there right now and my life depended on it and I could pick anyone to shoot the free throw I'd pick her. She'll make the next one. Rocky missed one. It happens.

"You'd like to have them back. Those plays are magnified because it's the end of the game. But it's a series of plays. We gave up points somewhere in the first half that are no more important or less important than those two free throws."

In fact, Doyle made two free throws in overtime to give Eastern Florida a 50-48 lead with 2:19 to play but the Titans couldn't keep Indian River down.

Eastern Florida plays its next three games on the road beginning with Wednesday's 5:30 p.m. visit to conference foe Miami Dade College in Kendall.

Eastern Florida's next home game is a 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 non-conference match-up with Trinity Baptist. Admission to Eastern Florida home games is free.