By James Harden, TCC Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 1, 2013) —Tallahassee Community College’s women’s basketball team will square off with the Lady Hawks of Hillsborough Community College at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Tampa, Fla., in the 2013-14 season opener for both teams. Friday’s tilt is the first of three scheduled meetings between the teams this season.
Friday’s game can be seen online on NJCAA TV at www.ihigh.com/hillsborough.
The game against Hillsborough will mark the official start to the Franqua “Q” Bedell era at Tallahassee Community College. Prior to being hired as head women’s basketball coach in June, Bedell was an assistant women’s coach for VCU and before that he spent four seasons with the Mississippi State women’s program. Bedell also spent two seasons with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) member Southeastern Illinois College. While at Southeastern Illinois, Bedell helped lead the team to a fourth place finish in the 2008 NJCAA Tournament.
The Tallahassee women will begin the season ranked No. 5 according to the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, receiving 72 points in the voting.
The Eagles had the honor of having five players named to the All-Panhandle Conference team last year in a season that saw them go 15-11. However, the quintet has moved on which means freshmen newcomers like Adriana Blackmon, Benedicta Makakala and Teleshia Riley have some big shoes to fill.
The Tallahassee women have a great opportunity to prove themselves this year due to their strength of schedule. The Eagles play five teams that are nationally ranked: No. 4 Chipola College, No. 7 Northwest Florida State College, No. 10 Darton (Ga.) State College, No. 11 Walters State (Tenn.) Community College and No. 22 Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Friday’s opponent, Hillsborough, is ranked No. 9 in the FCSAA preseason poll and received 30 total points in the voting. The Lady Hawks went 17 -11 last year and had seven All-Mid-Florida Conference honorees, including a pair of first-team selections.
On November 2, the Tallahassee women will travel across the bay for a 2 p.m. game at St. Petersburg College.
There, Tallahassee will face a team that went 24-8 last year and comes into the preseason with a No. 4 FCSAA ranking, having received 88 points in the voting.
The Lady Titans ended the 2012-13 season in great fashion by winning the Southern Conference title. Head coach Denisha Davidson was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year and they also had the Southern Conference Player of the Year in Antquinta Reed.
Tallahassee and St. Petersburg will also play on December 17 in Tallahassee.