Freshman point guard Takia Brooks hit four free throws in the final seconds to help seal the Owls first Sun Belt Conference victory of the season on Saturday against Arkansas State
Jan. 10, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - Helping their teams to a 5-1 record last week, basketball players Greg Gantt and Takia Brooks have been named the Florida Atlantic University Student-Athletes of the Week - the first recognition of the new year.
The men's basketball team won all three home games last week, including two Sun Belt Conference contests. The Owls stand 4-0 in SBC action for the first time and have improved to 11-6 overall on the season. Meanwhile, the women's basketball team picked up its first league victory of the season on Saturday against Arkansas State.
Gantt had another strong week for the FAU men's team, averaging 17.7 points in three games. He started the week with a 28-point performance against Florida Memorial before having 14 points against South Alabama and 11 points against Arkansas State. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Gainesville leads the team in scoring (14.9 points per game), has made 48 percent of his field goals and has scored in double digits in 14 of the Owls' 17 games this season.
Brooks sealed the Owls' first league victory by hitting four free throws in the final minutes against the Red Wolves. The 5-foot-7 freshman guard from Miami scored seven points while adding six rebounds and a game-high four assists in her first career start. She is averaging 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
The conference season continues to heat up for the men's and women's basketball teams with East Division road tests this week. The men's basketball team concludes its four-game home stand on Tuesday, January 11 with a rescheduled game against Manhattan, starting at 7 p.m. Then, the Owls travel to Middle Tennessee on Thursday, January 13, before facing Western Kentucky on Saturday, January 15, in Bowling Green, Ky.
Meanwhile, the women's basketball team will travel to the Ohio Valley for match ups against Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, January 13, and Western Kentucky on Sunday, January 16.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams round out this week's athletics action by traveling to Gainesville on Saturday for a dual meet against nationally ranked University of Florida.