Gainesville, FL - Tallahassee Community College defeated Santa Fe College, 68-55, in women's basketball action on Tuesday evening - the Lady Eagles' second win over Santa Fe (2-4) in four days.
Tallahassee handed Santa Fe a 12-point defeat in Marianna, Fla., on Saturday.
Tallahassee (4-0) never trailed on Tuesday, thanks in large part to a pair of first half runs. Ten unanswered points gave the Lady Eagles a 16-3 lead midway through the first half. Later in the half, an 11-0 run pushed Tallahassee's lead to 30-9 just before the intermission.
The second half began in similar fashion, as Tallahassee scored six of the first eight points. Kamiya Burwell's basket gave the Lady Eagles what seemed to be an insurmountable 23-point lead, 36-13, with 16:48 left in the game.
But, after hitting just 5-of-29 field goal attempts in the first half, Santa Fe caught fire. The Lady Saints needed only 4:37 to score 20 unanswered points, capped by Kindsay Brandt's three-pointer that cut Tallahassee's lead to 36-33 with 12 minutes left in the game.
Tallahassee answered with an 8-0 run, keyed by bookend three-pointers from Devan Matkin and Burwell. The Lady Eagles' lead reached 14 before Santa Fe made one last run.
Brandt's second three-pointer brought the Lady Saints within five at the 2:57 mark but that was as close as they'd get.
Tallahassee iced the game, connecting on eight free throws in the final 1:01.
Keri Thomas, who was 8-of-8 from the foul line, led all scorers with 18 points and paced four Lady Eagles in double-figures.
Alexis Grant and Kamiya Burwell added 14 each and Shanequa Phifer scored 10.
Jasmine Richardson led Santa Fe with 15.
Tallahassee is off until November 26 when it travels to Decatur, Ga., for the Georgia Perimeter College Classic.
TALLAHASSEE (68) - Alexis Grant, 14; Shanequa Phifer, 10; Keri Thomas, 18; Kamiya Burwell, 14; Devan Matkin, 3; Jessica Monroe, 2; Diamond Ashmore, 7.
SANTA FE (55) - Kindsay Brandt, 10; Stephanie Coney, 1; Stephanie Edwards, 2; Demisha Mills, 7; Jasmine Richardson, 15; Kristien Malone, 8; Leandra King, 12.
Halftime: Tallahassee 30, Santa Fe 11
Records: Tallahassee (4-0), Santa Fe (2-4)
Lady Eagles climb one spot in FCCAA Coaches' Poll
Tallahassee Community College moved up one spot to No. 3 in this week's FCCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll. The Lady Eagles, now 4-0 on the season, received one first-place vote and 89 total points in the voting.
Tallahassee leapfrogged Panhandle Conference rival Chipola College, who spent last week tied at No. 2 with another league foe, Pensacola State College. Defending PC and NJCAA champion Gulf Coast Community College is ranked No. 1 but is only five points ahead of No. 2 Pensacola State.
The fifth PC school, Northwest Florida State College, is ranked No. 7.
The first NJCAA regular season poll will be released on Wednesday.