Jan. 22, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Senior Briah Blakely scored a career high 22 points, but the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team fell 64-63 in a heartbreaker to Louisiana Tech on Wednesday.
The Owls (11-7, 1-4 C-USA) fell behind early as Blakely scored the team's only two points in the first 8:20 of the game in Ruston, La. FAU started 1-of-15 from the field, allowing LA Tech (6-12, 1-4 C-USA) to pull ahead to a 12-2 lead.
The Lady Techsters would extend the lead to 12 points before FAU cut the margin to 27-20 as Kimberly Smith hit a jumper late in the first half.
The Owls went on an 8-0 run early in the second half to get within one point. Blakely scored 13 of FAU's first 17 points after the intermission, including a 3-pointer with 10:49 to play to tie the game for the first time.
Four minutes later, Blakely stole the ball and scored on a fast-break layup to give FAU its first lead of the game with 6:29 remaining. Latavia Dempsey would then score seven straight points to give the Owls their largest lead of the game at 53-46 at the 4:55 mark.
FAU would miss its next six field goal attempts, allowing the Lady Techsters to retake the lead for the final time.
Takia Brooks scored on a fast break layup with 11 seconds left to pull FAU back to within two points. Whitney Frazier would make a pair of free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory. Smith made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but was unable to draw a foul for a chance to tie.
Blakely shattered her previous career high of 13 points, set at North Texas last season. The senior recorded four rebounds, three assists and three steals to go along with her team-high scoring line. Smith tallied 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals while Dempsey tacked on 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Owls racked up 19 offensive rebounds, the most in a road game since Dec. 7, 2012 at Mississippi State. FAU forced 24 turnovers, marking the 16th game that the Owls have forced at least 17 turnovers.
The Owls will return home to host North Texas on Saturday, January 25. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Burrow. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.