The TFC Lady Eagles opened the 2013-2014 season at Bob Jones University on Tuesday. This was the third game of the young season for the Lady Bruins of BJU. Over the weekend, BJU topped Johnson University (TN) 64-52 but was defeated by Columbia College, 75-62. On Tuesday night, TFC could not overcome early season rust and fell 76-47 to open the season.
TFC’s aggressive defense put the Lady Eagles in foul trouble early in the game. The Lady Eagles were called for 17 first half fouls, compared to 7 for the Lady Bruins. Bob Jones would go on to shoot 24-46 from the charity stripe for the game, whereas TFC was just 5-11 from the line. Despite the Bob Jones shooting in the double bonus midway through the half, TFC kept the deficit to single digits for most of the opening period. With 4:43 remaining the half, TFC trailed BJU 21-17. However, BJU would end the half on a 10-3 run to extend its lead to 31-20. TFC’s lone field goal in the final 5 minutes of play came from a deep three point basket from Stephanie Clements with three seconds remaining.
Both sides improved their shooting percentages in the opening minutes of the second half, but TFC was unable to close the gap completely. TFC trimmed the deficit to 46-37 with 8:38 remaining in the game, but BJU ended the game by outscoring TFC 30-10 for a final score of 76-47.
Head Coach Jason Swiney said of the effort, “I was proud of our intensity, but unfortunately we let the game get away from us late in the second half. I saw some good things for it being the first game, and we are all looking forward to game two in Nashville.”
Forward Kim Crapse led the Lady Eagles with 11 points, and Katie Calloway grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss. The Lady Eagles will travel to Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday for a 6:00 game. The following day, TFC will face Georgia Northwestern Tech at noon at Welch College. TFC’s first home game of the season will be on November 15 as they host Piedmont International University at 5:00.