TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 3, 2018) – Playing its first game as the defending National Champions, NJCAA No. 5/Region 8 No. 3 Tallahassee Community College dominated Central Georgia Technical College in Saturday's season opener, winning 104-36 in the Seals Financial Tip-off Classic.
Both the 104 points scored and 66-point margin of victory established school records for a season opener. The win was also head coach Franqua "Q" Bedell's 100th as head coach at Tallahassee.
Saturday's game was never in doubt.
Although they started a little slow, the Eagles led 24-11 after one quarter then put the game away with one of their patented bursts.
Tallahassee outscored Central Georgia Tech in the second quarter, 36-7, and led 60-18 at the half. It was 81-32 after three quarters, and the Eagles delivered another single-digit effort defensively in the fourth, outscoring the Titans, 23-6.
Central Georgia Tech didn't make a field goal in the final quarter until Victoria Brown's basket in the paint with 42 seconds remaining.
Defensively, Tallahassee held Central Georgia Tech to 25.0 percent (13-of-52) shooting and forced 33 turnovers, which netted 44 points and led to a 62-16 advantage in the paint.
Freshman De'Asia Reid did the majority of the damage, scoring 23 points off the bench to lead all scorers. She was one of six players in double-figures for the Eagles.
Sophomores Jamyra McChristine and Jada Perry, both members of the 2018 national championship team, recorded double-doubles. McChristine had 15 points and 16 rebounds while Perry scored 10 points and pulled down 11 boards.
Tallahassee (1-0) will hit the road on Tuesday for a showdown at the College of Central Florida. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.