Jan. 15, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team dropped its first home loss of the season on Wednesday as in-state rival FIU topped the Owls 96-88 in the Burrow.
FAU (11-5, 1-2 C-USA) last lost at home on March 2, 2013, also to FIU. The Panthers (8-8, 2-1 C-USA) scored 41 bench points and shot 53% from the field to take the victory in a game that featured 15 lead changes.
The Owls scored 54 points in the paint and saw four players reach double-digit scoring. Senior Latavia Dempsey scored 18 points and dished out three assists. Kimberly Smith shot 6-of-9 from the field for her season-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Owls jumped out to an early five-point lead and Smith's defense on FIU's Jerica Coley held the Conference USA leading scorer (28.4 points/game) to just seven points in the first half.
There were seven lead changes over the final 4:15 of the first period, including a jumper by Brooks with 0:38 left to give FAU a one-point halftime advantage.
After Smith got in foul trouble, Coley lit up the scoreboard in the second half, shooting 10-of-13 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 35 points.
The Panthers shot 73.3% and made 15 of their 19 free throws in the second half to go ahead by 10 with just over a minute to play. The Owls cut the lead to six with 38 seconds left, but were unable to overcome the deficit.