2009 - 2010 Archives

Nine Player's Awarded Mid-Florida Conference Postseason Honors

1st Team

2nd Team

Honorable Mention

Tracey Flowers (1st Team All-State)

Judith Obiero

Diana Choibekova

Jaquavia Couch

Zoelis Vega-Vega

Lauren Morris

Mekiala Qualls

 

Kynesha Hepburn

Daphne Walker

   

FCCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll

2/16/2010

The FCCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, current 2009-10 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by FCCAA women’s basketball coaches, the FCCAA Women’s Basketball Chair and the FCCAA Scoreboard Coordinator.  

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1

Gulf Coast (10)

23-1

109

1

2

Pensacola (1)

23-4

95

2

3

Indian River State

18-4

81

3

4

Tallahassee

17-8

75

4

5

Santa Fe

17-9

60

5

6

Palm Beach State

18-6

57

6

7t

Daytona State

14-11

31

9

7t

Hillsborough

16-7

31

8

9

Central Florida

17-10

26

10

10

Northwest Florida State

16-7

25

7

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

2/9/2010

Vivi Penate, Palm Beach State

Freshman – Guard – Pembroke Pines, Fla. 

Palm Beach State College’s Vivi Penate is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Penate, a freshman guard from Pembroke Pines, Fla., averaged 27.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Panthers picked up Southern Conference wins over Miami Dade and Indian River State. Against Miami Dade on February 3, Penate scored a career-high 32 points in an 82-77 victory. Three days later against NJCAA No. 13 Indian River State, she tallied 23 points, five rebounds and nine assists in Palm Beach’s 79-71 upset, ending The River’s 13-game winnings streak. For the week, Penate shot 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the floor, 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from the three-point line and 76.9 percent (20-of-26) from the free throw line.

Other notable performances:

* Tracey Flowers, Daytona State – 12 points and 13 rebounds in her only game of the week against Florida State College

* Mekiala Qualls, Daytona State – 15 points and 13 rebounds in her only game of the week against Florida State College

* Ashley Wilkes, Miami Dade – averaged 22.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals in two games
 

FCCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll

2/9/2010

The FCCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, current 2009-10 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by FCCAA women’s basketball coaches, the FCCAA Women’s Basketball Chair and the FCCAA Scoreboard Coordinator.  

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1

Gulf Coast (13)

21-1

148

1

2

Pensacola (2)

21-3

136

2

3

Indian River State

17-4

106

3

4

Tallahassee

16-6

104

4

5

Santa Fe

17-7

91

5

6

Palm Beach State

17-6

69

7

7

Northwest Florida State

15-6

58

6

8

Hillsborough

15-6

38

8

9

Daytona State

13-11

26

10t

10

Central Florida

16-10

24

9

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

2/2/2010

Lanita Bartley, Santa Fe
Sophomore – Guard – Jacksonville, Fla.

Santa Fe College’s Lanita Bartley is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Bartley, a sophomore point guard from Jacksonville, Fla., continued a record-breaking season last week, averaging 31.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in wins against Central Florida and Florida State College-Jacksonville. Against Central Florida on January 27, Bartley tallied 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Three days later against FSCJ, she recorded her second triple-double of the season – 37 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists – as the Lady Saints clinched the Mid-Florida Conference Championship. Her 37 points marked the sixth-best single-game effort in Santa Fe history. For the week, she also shot 22-of-32 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line, extending her school records for free throws made in both a season and career.

Other notable performances:
*Keona Dixon, Indian River State – 30 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in her only game of the week
*Vivi Penate, Palm Beach – averaged 21.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two games; scored career-high 29 points vs. Hillsborough
*Mekiala Qualls, Daytona State – 16 points and 11 rebounds in her only game of the week
*Tory Stephens, Miami Dade – averaged 22.0 points in two games

FCCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll

2/2/2010

The FCCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, current 2009-10 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by FCCAA women’s basketball coaches, the FCCAA Women’s Basketball Chair and the FCCAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1

Gulf Coast (11)

20-0

110

1

2

Pensacola

20-3

98

2

3

Indian River State

17-3

78

4

4

Tallahassee

15-6

76

3

5

Santa Fe

17-7

66

6

6

Northwest Florida State

14-5

50

5

7

Palm Beach State

15-6

38

9

8

Hillsborough

14-6

29

8

9

Central Florida

16-9

23

7

10t

Chipola

10-10

17

10

10t

Daytona State

12-11

17

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Also receiving votes: Miami Dade 3

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

1/26/2010

Andrea Smith, Gulf Coast
Sophomore – Guard – Lakeland, Fla.

Gulf Coast Community College’s Andrea Smith is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Smith, a second-year player from Lakeland, Fla., averaged 24.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in wins over a pair of nationally-ranked opponents. After a modest 14-point effort against No. 11 Northwest Florida State on January 20, Smith carried the Lady Commodores in their 79-67 win at No. 13 Tallahassee on January 23. Against the Lady Eagles, Smith hit 11-of-18 field goals, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, as she tallied 34 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. For the week, Smith shot 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the floor, 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the three-point line and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the charity stripe.

Other notable performances:
* Krystal Delph, Palm Beach State – averaged 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games
* Tracey Flowers, Daytona State – averaged 11.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games
* Brittany Hardy, Indian River State – averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in two games
* Bianca Jarrett, Chipola – scored 25 points in her only game of the week

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

1/19/2010

Ashleigh Kelly, Miami Dade
Sophomore – Forward – Miramar, Fla.

Miami Dade College’s Ashleigh Kelly is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Kelly, a sophomore from Miramar, Fla., averaged 25.0 points and 17.5 rebounds while shooting 79.3 percent (23-of-29) from the floor as the Lady Sharks picked up wins on consecutive days against No. 6 Santa Fe and Brevard. Against the Lady Saints on January 15, she hit 12-of-14 from the floor en route to a 27-point, 18-rebound, five-steal evening in Miami Dade’s 83-74 overtime win. The next day, her 23 points and 17 rebounds led the Lady Sharks past Brevard, 81-65.

Other notable performances:
* Shantale Bramble-Donaldson, Indian River State – averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in two games
* Nicole Collins, Indian River State – averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games
* JaQuavia Couch, Daytona State – averaged 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games
* Tracey Flowers, Daytona State – averaged 22.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

1/12/2010

Deana Allen, Pensacola
Sophomore – Guard – Houma, La.

Pensacola Junior College’s Deana Allen is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Allen, currently the nation’s second-leading scorer, led the NJCAA No. 7 Lady Pirates to Panhandle Conference victories over a pair of nationally-ranked opponents. On January 6 against No. 4 Northwest Florida State, Allen tallied 23 points, six rebounds and three assists in an 83-75 overtime victory. Three days later, on the road at No. 10 Tallahassee, she had 30 points, ten rebounds, four assists and four steals in Pensacola’s 80-69 win. For the week, Allen averaged 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals. 

Other notable performances:
* Shantale Bramble-Donaldson, Indian River State – averaged 17.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in two games
* Nicole Collins, Indian River State – averaged 14.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two games
* Keona Dixon, Indian River State – averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in two games
* Tracey Flowers, Daytona State – averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games
* Markeshia Grant, Central Florida – averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 4.5 steals in two games
* Ashley Wilkes, Miami Dade – recorded 34 points and 20 rebounds in her only game of the week against Central Florida

FCCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll

12/15/2009

The FCCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, current 2009-10 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by FCCAA women’s basketball coaches, the FCCAA Women’s Basketball Chair and the FCCAA Scoreboard Coordinator. 

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1

Gulf Coast (12)

14-0

134

1

2

Pensacola (1)

15-1

119

3

3

Northwest Florida State (1)

13-0

116

2

4

Tallahassee

12-2

91

4

5

Indian River State

10-3

71

5

6

Central Florida

12-6

61

6

7

Hillsborough

10-3

56

7

8

Chipola

10-6

47

9

9

Santa Fe

11-5

46

8

10

Daytona State

9-7

18

10

Also receiving votes: Palm Beach 10, Miami Dade 1.

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

12/15/2009

Shamar Harris, Northwest Florida State
Sophomore – Guard – West Palm Beach, Fla.

Northwest Florida State College’s Shamar Harris is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Harris, a second-year player from West Palm Beach, Fla., led the Lady Raiders to a pair of victories on the road, averaging 24.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 6.0 steals. At Georgia Perimeter on December 11, she recorded 23 points, four rebounds, six assists and six steals in Northwest Florida State’s 70-60 victory. The next day, she helped the Lady Raiders overcome a pesky Snead State team with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals in her team’s 67-62 win. For the week, Harris shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the floor and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the free throw line.

Other notable performances:
* Deana Allen, Pensacola – averaged 28.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals in two games
* Nicole Collins, Indian River State – averaged 16.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games
* JaQuavia Couch, Daytona State – averaged 14.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 4.5 steals in three games
* Vontrice Dennis, Northwest Florida State – averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games
* Tracey Flowers, Daytona State – averaged 10.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in three games
* Brittany Hardy, Indian River State – averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in two games
* Ashley Wilkes, Miami Dade – averaged 18.0 points and 12.6 rebounds in three games

12/9/2009

Falcon Hoop Scoop: The women's basketball team remains ranked No. 10 in the state and has a 7-5 record.

JaQuavia Couch averaged 14 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the last three games heading into this week. Couch is 17th in the state at 6.2 rebounds a game. Mekiala Qualls averaged 11.6 points with a 55-percent field goal mark over the same span.

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

12/8/2009

Ashley Wilkes, Miami Dade
Freshman – Forward/Center – Ontario, Canada

Miami Dade College’s Ashley Wilkes is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Wilkes, who hails from Canada, averaged 15.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in two games at last weekend’s Florida Women’s JUCO Shootout. Against top-ranked Gulf Coast on December 4, she recorded 11 points, ten rebounds and two blocks. The next day against No. 9 Chipola, she posted 20 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. For the week, Wilkes shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field and hit all three of her free throw attempts.

Other notable performances:
* JaQuavia Couch, Daytona State – averaged 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals in three games
* Mary Howes, Hillsborough – averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games
* Bianca Jarrett, Chipola – averaged 21.3 points in three games
* Mekiala Qualls, Daytona State – averaged 11.6 points and shot 55% from the field in three games

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

12/1/2009

Ashley White, Tallahassee
Freshman – Guard – Philadelphia, Pa.

Tallahassee Community College’s Ashley White is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. White, a first-year player from Philadelphia, Pa., averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Lady Eagles ran their winning streak to seven with a pair of victories at the Georgia Perimeter College Thanksgiving Classic. In Friday’s opener against host Georgia Perimeter, White recorded 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Then, on Saturday, against NJCAA No. 5 Walters State, she scored 20 points, including the go-ahead free throw in the closing seconds, to give TCC a 66-65 win, ending Walters State’s 47-game regular season winning streak. White also dished out nine assists in the one-point victory. For the week, she shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the floor, hit two of her four three-point attempts and was 7-for-10 from the free throw line.

Other notable performances:
* Kynesha Hepburn, Daytona State – 17 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Lady Falcons’ lone contest vs. St. Petersburg
* Tracie Sneed, Santa Fe – 27 points, ten rebounds, four assists and three steals in the Lady Saints’ lone game of the week vs. Darton

11/1/2009

As the men and women of Daytona State College get ready for the upcoming basketball season, expectations from returning players are high and first year players are ready to step up. One challenge that Daytona State College coaches have to plan for is only having players for two seasons. For the coaches, comfort is not an option, so conditioning has to take the forefront.

"Running drills over and over is not a punishment, but a way of preparing the players for the grind of the season," says Women's head coach Cal Cochran. "Doing the little things right will make big things happen."

With eight of the 14 players on this year's team being freshmen, the sophomores will have to take on the role of mentors. Daytona State College's women have not made it to the state championship in seven years; with a much younger team than in years past, it may seem like a daunting task for both players and coaches.

"We have quality players returning from last year," Cochran said about his team. "It is a positive to have more freshmen, especially if the sophomores' experience can help them along."

After a long practice of running drills and going over basics, like hitting free throws, players may get discouraged. Nevertheless the players on this year's team keep their heads up and have high hopes, despite the inexperience and long layoff from last season.

"I see a lot of potential in this team," said returning sophomore JaQuavia Couch. "The returning players will have to step it up and help the freshmen with the transition from high school to the college level."

The newcomers appear to be up to the challenge because they do not let the miscues in practice deter them from making an impact. Learning from their mistakes and taking advice from the coaches and more experienced players, the women of Daytona State look forward to an exciting and productive season.

"The college level is much more demanding," freshman Kyneshia Hepburn said. "I just want to play hard and prove myself to my teammates."

On the men's side there are an equal number of new and returning players. Head coach Anthony Andre is up to the challenge of building his team's confidence.

"I would like to see more aggression from my team," said Coach Andre. "I see a lot of potential in this year's recruitment class. I let them know that real players step up to the challenges that they are faced with."

Even though half the team has yet to see any real game play, they want their teammates to know that they are ready to meet the expectations of the sophomores and the coaching staff. It is a difficult job to gain the trust of the returning players on the court, but the only way is to go out there and play hard.

"College practices are much more physical and competitive," said freshman Regan O'Rourke. "I want to make my presence known and leave an impression on the floor."

With a long season ahead of them, the Daytona State men are ready to prove that they are "real players."

Going from rookies to veterans after only one season, the sophomores on this team are ready to show that they are up to the test. Being vocal on the court is one way of keeping the freshmen from laying back.

"The freshmen are looking good and have a lot of talent," said returning guard Eric Valentin. "With a good balance of sophomores and freshmen, I think we have a good chance at the tournament this year."

FCCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll

10/24/2009

The FCCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, current 2009-10 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by FCCAA women’s basketball coaches, the FCCAA Women’s Basketball Chair and the FCCAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1

Gulf Coast (9)

6-0

117

1

2

Northwest Florida State (1)

5-0

94

3

3

Pensacola

7-1

93

2

4

Chipola (1)

4-4

71

4

5

Santa Fe

5-1

69

5

6

Central Florida (1)

6-1

59

6

7

Indian River State

4-1

56

8

8

Tallahassee

5-2

47

8

9

Daytona State

4-3

21

10

10

Hillsborough

3-1

19

-

Also receiving votes: Miami Dade 9, Florida State College at Jacksonville 3, Palm Beach 2.
Dropped from rankings: No. 9 Miami Dade.

Basketball teams honor "Friends Library" during inter-squad scrimmage games

10/19/2009

Falcon Athletics at Daytona State College announces an inter-squad scrimmage game that introduces the team to the college students, staff and community.  The “Blue and White” basketball game will be held Friday, Oct. 23 starting at 6 p.m. in the L. Gale Lemerand Center (bldg. 310) located on the Daytona Beach Campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public.

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will honor Doug and Nancy Hall from “Friends of Library Access, Inc.” - that funds projects such as the Braille and Talking Book Library benefitting students with disabilities at Daytona State.

“The evening features special guests, as well as a three-point shooting competition, and we look forward to a seeing bleachers filled with Falcon fans,” stated Cal Cochran, head coach for the Lady Falcons.

Lady Falcons tip-off at 6 p.m. followed by special guests at 6:30 p.m. The three-point-shooting competition is slated to start at 7 p.m. and the evening rounds out with the Falcons game at 7:15 p.m. Join us for a fun fundraising event - proceeds and donations to Friends of Library Access, Inc.

Daytona State is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Florida Community College Athletics Association Mid-Florida Conference. The Falcons compete in five Division I NJCAA sports including Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Fast-Pitch Softball, Women's Golf, and Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving. The main focus of the Daytona State Falcons athletic program is to prepare student-athletes for success in life. This is accomplished through strong academic programs and support services coupled with quality coaching and athletic facilities.

FCCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll

10/17/09

The FCCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, current 2009-10 record, previous ranking and total points in voting by FCCAA women’s basketball coaches, the FCCAA Women’s Basketball Chair and the FCCAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1

Gulf Coast (11)

4-0

128

1

2

Pensacola

5-1

106

4

3

Northwest Florida State (1)

4-0

105

3

4

Chipola (1)

3-2

81

2

5

Santa Fe

5-0

72

5

6

Central Florida

5-0

58

6

7

Tallahassee

3-2

52

7

8

Indian River State

2-1

51

8

9

Miami Dade

1-1

20

10

10

Daytona State

2-3

14

--

Also receiving votes: Florida State College at Jacksonville 9, Brevard 8, Palm Beach 6, Hillsborough 5.
Dropped from rankings: No. 9 Brevard

FCCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

10/10/09

Deana Allen, Pensacola
Sophomore – Guard – Houma, La.  

Pensacola Junior College’s Deana Allen is this week’s FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Allen, a sophomore from Houma, La., averaged 26.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 6.0 steals, leading the No. 4 Lady Pirates to a 3-0 start. Allen scored at least 25 points in all three games, including a 28-point effort in the November 2 season opener against Alabama Southern. On November 6 against Enterprise-Ozark, she recorded a double-double – 25 points and 11 assists, and on November 7 vs. Snead State, she tallied 25 points and seven steals. For the week, Allen shot 60.0 percent (27-of-45) from the floor and 88.0 percent (22-of-25) from the foul line and, with only two turnovers in three games, recorded a 9:1 assist to turnover ration.    

Other notable performances:
* Lanita Bartley, Santa Fe – averaged 22.3 points,7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 steals in three games
* Dominique Collier, Miami Dade – averaged 20.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in two games
* JaQuavia Couch, Daytona State – averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.5 steals in two games
* Kyra Crosby, Gulf Coast – averaged 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games

* Kesheria McNeil, Florida State College at Jacksonville – averaged 27.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals in four games

Blue & White Game

The Daytona State College Athletic Department will host a Blue and White Game on October 23, 2009 at the L. Gale Lemerand Center.  The Men's and Women's Basketball Teams will introduce their respective players and compete in an intra-squad game.  Also included will be a mix of the teams for a Three Point competition.
Times are as follows:
6:00-6:30 Lady Falcons
6:30-7:00 Special Guests & Shooting Competition
7:00-7:15 Three Point Shooting Competition
7:00-7:45 Falcons