Jan. 19, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team continued its dominance against Sun Belt Conference West Division teams with a 79-67 victory over the University of North Texas on Saturday, January 19 at the FAU Arena. The Owls increased their home conference winning streak to 11 games, and improved their league record to 7-2 and 10-7 for the season.
FAU has defeated all four West Division teams it has faced this winter. North Texas entered the game leading the division with a 6-2 league record and had a five-game winning streak.
Junior forward Chenise Miller had her fifth double-double of the season, posting 22 points and matching a career high with 14 rebounds. Meanwhile, senior guard Breana Turner added 17 points, and junior guards Kimberly Smith and Latavia Dempsey each scored nine points to round out the balanced scoring attack. Smith had a strong all-around game also having 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots.
The Owls rebounded after North Texas (7-11, 6-3 Sun Belt) took an early 14-8 lead. The hosts used a 15-4 run to take a 23-18 advantage at the 10:21 mark of the first half. That lead grew to eight points, 36-28, following a three-point field goal by junior guard Briah Blakely with 3:12 remaining.
Florida Atlantic held a 40-31 halftime advantage, but saw the Mean Green trim the deficit to four points on three occasions. The latest time came after a three pointer from Loryn Goodwin with 14:30 left. However, FAU scored the next five points on a basket from Dempsey and a three-pointer by freshman guard Morgan Robinson to build a 59-50 at the 13:32 mark. The lead grew to 13 points with 10 minutes remaining, but the visitors used a 9-0 run to close within 64-60 with 7:39 left in the game.
The margin remained at four points before consecutive layups by Turner gave FAU a 71-63 lead with just under four minutes remaining. Turner scored 10 of the team’s final 12 points in the final four minutes.
The Owls held a 52-35 rebounding edge over North Texas, and FAU’s 21 offensive rebounds resulted in a 19-7 edge in second-chance points.
FAU also set a season high with 21 assists.
North Texas, 7-11 overall and 6-3 in SBC play, was led by Goodwin’s career-high 25 points. Alexis Hyder scored 19 points and had eight rebounds, while BreAnna Dawkins added 16 points.
The Owls hit the road on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 p.m. to face another West Division team, University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available here.
Tickets for remaining home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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