Jan. 2, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Four players reached double figures as the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team reached double-digit wins on Thursday, topping Bethune-Cookman 81-65 in the Burrow.
The Owls (10-3) continue the best start in the program's Division-I history as they prepare to enter Conference USA play next week. With the victory over the Wildcats (3-11), the Owls have won a school-record 10 non-conference games.
Miller led FAU with 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in the contest. Her 89 career blocks places her in fourth all-time at FAU. Dempsey scored 13 points, reaching double figures for the fourth-straight game.
Smith flirted with a triple-double, posting 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists while Schrouder earned her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats led by as many as six in the first half and took a two-point lead into the break after FAU's Takia Brooks hit a three in the closing seconds to cut into the margin. FAU would open up the second half with a barrage of shots including a pair of three-pointers by Dempsey and Smith to take a two-point lead that they would not relinquish.
The Owls went on a 10-2 run midway through the second half to pull ahead to a 59-49 lead. FAU forced 14 turnovers in the second half and capitalized on those for 17 points. The Owls also out-rebounded BCU 30-17 in the second half for 16 second-chance points.
FAU opens Conference USA play on the road at East Carolina (12-1) on Jan. 8. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in Greenville, N.C.