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Eastern Florida Women End Season With 82-60 Victory
Feb. 24, 2014 - Eastern Florida's women's basketball team closed it season with a victory on Monday night, dispatching Trinity Baptist College of Jacksonville 82-60 in the Melbourne Campus gym.
Eastern Florida finished the season 7-23 under first-year head coach Jim Grimes, a four-game improvement from 2012-2013 when it finished 3-27.
The Titans were led by leading scorer freshman Jessica Doyle who turned in a net scorching performance with 34 points. Freshman Rachelle Aupont added 16 points and 22 rebounds on her 20th birthday while classmate Kristina Bugarski contributed 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Tomoriya Hamm, Kiersten Colgan and Kendall Hedgecock pictured from left to right are honored at halftime as part of sophomore night festivities during the final game of the 2013-14 season.
Kendall Hedgecock, who was one of three sophomores recognized at halftime, added nine points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Kiersten Colgan added six points and two rebounds.
Sophomore Tomoriya Hamm also was recognized at halftime.
The Titans built a 42-29 lead, sprinting away from an early 6-6 tie with a 36-23 run. They led by as many as 23 points, 53-30, with 18 minutes and 14 seconds to play and never let the visitors get any closer than 12 points for the remainder of the game.
"It feels good," Grimes said of Monday's result.
As for the season: "We learned a lot both as staff and as players," he said. "I think it's a good first step. Building a program takes time. There's a lot of steps involved. We took steps forward, not as many as maybe we would have liked but we did take some steps forward.
"We're out recruiting hard. We're going to work hard in the spring and hopefully we'll take some more (steps forward) next year."
The result resonated with Colgan as well.
"It's a big one, two straight wins, it feels good," Colgan said alluding to Eastern Florida's 87-71 victory on Saturday at Indian River State. "I really enjoyed Coach Grimes this year. He did a lot of good things for us."
Added Hedgecock: "We struggled a little bit at the beginning (of the season) but the bond we made with each other made us stronger and I'm just happy to win."