TBC Eagles Women’s Basketball opened the 2018-2019 season Friday evening as the Chargers of Southeastern Baptist College came to Jacksonville. Newcomer Michelle Jones put 15 points on the board for the Eagles, but it was Southeastern Baptist who came away with the win by a score of 70-50.
Jones, one of five sophomores on this year’s roster, hit a pair of three-pointers and converted five of her six free throws as part of her team-leading 15 points. Freshmen Tamara Brown and Eboni Smith each totaled seven points in their college debut, and a trio of Eagles — Jaela Green, Madison O’Day, and Melanie Newton (all sophomores) — each scored six in the effort while freshman Gena Ingram had a field goal.
At the line, the Eagles converted 13 of 22 attempts, including 12 of 15 in the first half. Brown and Newton combined for a perfect 5-for-5 performance as part of that total.
After a rough first quarter, the new Eagles rallied and matched up evenly with the opposition from the onset of the second period on save for one strong run from the Chargers in the third quarter.
Southeastern Baptist’s NaTanya Wilkerson scored a game-high 17 points, and two teammates — Alexis Hubbard (12) and Temeshia Gray (10) — also had double-digit point totals. Mekaya Jordan‘s six fourth-quarter points (eight overall) helped the Chargers extend their lead as Trinity began to pull a little closer.
The Eagles will have four games on the road before returning to the home court. Trinity will visit Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College of the NAIA on Tuesday, November 6, and NCCAA/NAIA Warner University on Thursday, November 8. Two consecutive NCAA Division 1 opponents will follow: University of North Florida on November 13 and University of New Orleans on November 17.
The next home game is against Edward Waters at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics