EL PASO, Texas – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team came up short against UTEP on the road, 75-70.
FAU (8-7, 2-2 C-USA) and UTEP (12-6, 3-2 C-USA) came down to the wire, but the Miners came away with the victory.
The Miners jumped out to an early lead, but DaChé Williams scored the first seven points for FAU and put the Owls ahead, 7-6, at the 4:25 mark of the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets for the rest of the quarter, but where UTEP was scoring two, FAU was scoring three and the Owls took a 19-14 lead into the second quarter.
FAU held on to its lead in the second quarter and even ballooned it to 15 points late in the period, but UTEP ended with a 6-0 run. The Owls took a 45-35 lead into halftime.
The Owls were sluggish in the third quarter, scoring only 10 points in the frame. FAU didn’t score in the final 3:54 of the period. That drought continued into the final quarter, finally ending on a layup from Danneal Ford at the 6:02 mark. At that point, UTEP had taken the lead behind their 14-0 run.
The final six minutes of the game were back-and-forth, including four lead changes and three ties. UTEP was ahead by five with 2:03 left. Ford knocked down two free throws and Malia Kency hit a three to tie it up with 1:12 left. The Miners went back ahead by two, but Kency hit another three to take a one-point lead for the Owls. That would be the last lead of the night for FAU as UTEP ended the game on a 5-0 run.
Malia Kency tied a career high with 21 points behind 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. She also had two assists and two steals in the game.
Ra’Kyra Gabriel had 12 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine. Gabriel also hit two three point field goals for the first time in her career. Sasha Cedeño had 11 points in the game along three rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals. Danneal Ford scored 10 points and had six assists and two rebounds.
The Owls had a season-high 10 three-pointers in the game coming from five different players.
The Owls will have a quick turnaround to face Louisiana Tech in Boca Raton on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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