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Gulf Coast returns to action at TCC

By THE NEWS HERALD
sports@pcnh.com

January 18. 2016 3:51PM

 

TALLAHASSEE — The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams will be back in action Wednesday after nearly a week off to take on TCC in JUCO basketball action. The women’s game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Lady Commodores (18-0 overall and 4-0 in the Panhandle Conference), ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the state, will go for their fifth straight victory to start the conference season. TCC (12-9, 1-2) is No. 6 in the state and is in the midst of a three-game losing skid.

 

That streak began with a 77-64 loss to Gulf Coast on Jan. 6 at the Billy Harrison Field House. Kristina King had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lady Commodores in the victory.

 

Gulf Coast will get some reinforcements with the return of sophomore power forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau, who has missed the past five games with an ankle injury.

 

The Vanderbilt transfer and Texas signee, who is averaging 13.6 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the 3-point line, will be in uniform but will not start.

 

King is currently leading GulfCoast in scoring with 17.9 points per game, followed by Caron-Goudreau, Maria Castro (11.8), Amanda Paschal (11.7), Raven Fox (11.1), and Shaterrika O’Neal (10.3).

 

The Gulf Coast men (15-7, 2-2) are coming off an important 78-66 home win over Pensacola State to even their league record.  They’ll be looking to avenge a 95-81 home loss to the Eagles (14-8, 3-1), who took their first conference loss 81-72 to Northwest Florida State  on Saturday.

 

In the Jan. 6 meeting, the Commodores led 50-42 at halftime, but the Eagles dominated the second half 53-31 and got 21 points and nine rebounds from sophomore guard Jahvaughn Powell. TCC’s interior duo of David Simmons and

Deion Bute also pummeled Gulf Coast for a combined 35 points and 22 rebounds.

 

Jeremy Harris is leading Gulf Coast in scoring with 13.9 points per game, followed by Donovan Franklin (12.9), Cobe Goosby (12), and Davaris McGowens (11.5). 

             
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