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Women's Basketball Drops Hard-Fought Contest to SBC Leader Middle Tennessee
Junior guard Kimberly Smith made four 3-point field goals in Saturday's loss to Middle Tennessee

Feb. 2, 2013

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Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team could not hold onto a 10-point second-half lead and suffered a 70-67 loss to Sun Belt Conference leader Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday, February 2 at the FAU Arena.

The Owls led 60-50 with 10:28 remaining, but the visiting Blue Raiders closed the game by outscoring their opponents by a 20-7 margin to take home the victory.

FAU (10-11, 7-6 Sun Belt) was paced by junior guard Kimberly Smith, who had 18 points by making four 3-point field goals. One of those long-range jump shots gave the team the double-digit second half lead.

Junior guard Takia Brooks added 17 points and junior forward Chenise Miller scored 13 points for Florida Atlantic.

Middle Tennessee (17-5, 12-1 Sun Belt) took its first lead since scoring the first two points of the game when Icelyn Elie put back a missed layup by KeKe Stewart with 1:56 left in the game. That basket gave the Blue Raiders a 66-65 lead.

FAU senior guard Breana Turner grabbed an Elie missed jumper with 58 seconds left. However, the Owls could not convert an answering basket on the next offensive possession.

Kortni Jones gave MTSU a 68-65 lead after making two free throws with 24 seconds left. Turner missed a 3-point field goal attempt with 12 seconds left and Jones grabbed the defensive rebound. Jones made two more free throws as part of her game-high 20 points to give the Blue Raiders a 70-65 advantage. Then, Brooks made a layup in the closing seconds for the Owls to cap the scoring.

In the first half, FAU took a 13-6 lead after Brook made a 3-pointer at the 13:06 mark. The lead grew to 10 points, 32-22, with 5:59 remaining in the half following another 3-point field goal from junior guard Latavia Dempsey.

Middle Tennessee used a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to come within 36-34 before a 3-point play by Brooks with three seconds left in the half gave the Owls a 39-34 halftime advantage.

With 20 points, Jones led four MTSU double-figure scorers. Ebony Rowe had 16 points, while Elie added 12 points and Laken Leonard scored 10 points.

FAU shot 45 percent from behind the 3-point arc, making nine of its 20 long-distance shot attempts.

The Owls returns to the court on Wednesday, February 6 at 6 p.m. for the first meeting of the season against FIU in Miami. 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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