The Lady Patriots opened 2010 with a tough home loss to a perennial rival, falling 88-78 to Chipola College. CF drops to 12-6 on the season entering Sunday's visit to Miami-Dade.
Olivia Nino scored 23 and Shaunte Forward 21 for the Lady Patriots. CF mounted an impressive comeback from a nine-point halftime deficit, even leading by as much as five in the second half before faltering in the final minutes.
CF and Chipola split their season series, with each team winning on the other's campus. The Lady Patriots earned a buzzer-beating 53-52 win over the Lady Indians on Dec. 14.