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Gulf Coast plays host to Tallahassee

By The News Herald

Posted Jan 22, 2019 at 9:52 PMUpdated Jan 22, 2019 at 9:52 PM
  

The Gulf Coast women’s and men’s basketball teams are back in action Wednesday as Tallahassee comes in to the Billy Harrison Field House. The women’s game will tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Commodores (15-2 overall, 3-1 in the Panhandle Conference) come in ranked No. 7 in the country and No. 2 in the state following an 86-77 home win over No. 9 Chipola on Saturday.

That victory gave Gulf Coast sole possession of second place in the Panhandle Conference standings behind 4-0 Northwest Florida State. The defending national champion Lady Eagles (19-3, 1-3) find themselves in fourth place through the first round of league games despite being ranked No. 10 in the country and No. 4 in the state.

TCC picked up its first conference win Saturday in impressive fashion, routing Pensacola State 91-56 on the road behind 19 points each from Daisha Bradford and Jamyra McChristine.

The Lady Eagles’ three losses have come by an average of 5.3 points per game and all have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top nine in the nation.

The first meeting between Gulf Coast and TCC took two overtimes to be settled, with the Lady Commodores taking a 101-96 victory in Tallahassee thanks to dominant performances by Alexus Dye – 32 points and 23 rebounds – and Brittany Davis, who scored 16 of her 30 points the two overtimes.

Tallahassee subsequently lost by four at Chipola and by seven at home to the top-ranked Lady Raiders. Gulf Coast also fell to Northwest Florida State at home Jan. 9 but bounced back by winning at Pensacola State before Saturday’s victory.

Dye is leading the Lady Commodores in Panhandle play with 21 points and 11.5 rebounds per game on 61.5 percent shooting from the field. Davis is also putting in 16.3 points per league outing, followed by Diéné Diané at 11.3 points per game. Sophomore post player Astou Gaye has raised her level of play in conference action with 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest.

Bradford and Juliunn Redmond have been the top scorers for TCC in conference play with 16 points per game each, followed by McChristine (12.5).

On the men’s side, Gulf Coast (12-9, 0-4) is still looking for its first Panhandle victory, while TCC (18-3, 2-2) is trying to keep pace with Northwest Florida State (4-0) and Chipola (3-1) in the league standings.

The Commodores most recently lost to Chipola 84-75 in a game they trailed from start to finish. Jacolbey Owens led Gulf Coast with 21 points and is averaging 12.8 points in Panhandle competition, with Cameron Holden leading the way with 19.8 points per league outing.

Reggie Rivera scored 20 points in the loss to Chipola and is the only other Gulf Coast player averaging double figures (13.5) in conference play.

TCC opened its Panhandle schedule with an 84-80 win over Gulf Coast, overcoming a 12-point deficit with eight minutes to play. The Eagles proceeded to drop their next two games to Chipola and Northwest Florida State before bouncing back with an 89-75 road win over Pensacola State.

Mustafa Lawrence scored a team-high 19 points in Tallahassee’s win over Gulf Coast and is leading the Commodores in conference play with 18.5 points per game, followed by Richard Washington (13.3), Eric Boone (11.8), Jalen Dalcourt (11.0), and Deven Palmer (10.3).


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