Jan. 2, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball set season highs in four categories in a 79-44 home victory over the University of Louisiana on Wednesday night at the FAU Arena. The win allowed the Owls to match the best conference start in program history and first place in the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division.
FAU (8-5, 5-0 Sun Belt) had a school record 13 blocked shots and allowed a season-low 44 points in the victory. The team also set season highs with 11 three-point field goals and 57 rebounds.
“There were times tonight that we showed our best effort, especially in gaining the rebounding edge (57-42),” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “There were stretches when we were very good offensively and defensively. When we put all those things together it is going to be pretty special.”
Junior guard Latavia Dempsey set a career-high scoring for the second straight game, tallying 19 points against the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-7, 1-4 Sun Belt). She went 5-of-5 in three-point field goals while making 6-of-9 field goals overall.
FAU built a 29-14 first-half advantage after a jump shot by Brooks with 3:49 left in the period. The hosts went into the halftime break with an eight-point edge, 31-23.
The Owls scored the first five points of the second half to build a quick 36-23 lead. Louisiana came right back with an offensive run of its own and got the lead down to nine points before a string of three straight three-point field goals, featuring two dead-eye long-range jumpers by Dempsey, increased the lead back to 18 points, 49-31, with 12:44 remaining in the game.
FAU made 11 of its 23 three-point field goals (47.8%) and shot 41 percent from the field for the game. Ten of the team’s 12 players scored, with junior guard Briah Blakely chipping in seven points and senior guard Breana Turner adding six points.
Junior forward Shanequa Schrouder had a team-high 10 rebounds as the team out-rebounded an opponent for the first time since the season opener at Georgia Southern University on November 9.
Louisiana was led by Keke Veal’s 10 points.
FAU takes the weekend off before returning to the court on Wednesday, January 9 at Middle Tennessee State University, starting at 8 p.m. Live audio and statistics from the game is available here.
Single-game or mini-plan tickets are available for future home games by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.