BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team fell on the road to Conference USA first-place team WKU, 82-63, on Saturday afternoon.
FAU (10-9, 4-4 C-USA) came out strong in the first quarter but couldn’t overcome a big second period by WKU (17-5, 8-1 C-USA).
Ra’Kyra Gabriel scored the first points of the contest on a layup 12 seconds into the game. WKU scored the next four, but FAU would use a 7-0 run to build a 9-4 lead. The quarter would have four more lead changes and a tie. The Lady Toppers led, 21-20, at the end of the period.
The two teams went back-and-forth in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but WKU went used a 23-0 run midway through the period. Danneal Ford hit a jumper with 1:04 left to end the run. Ford hit a buzzer-beating three from deep to bring the score to 53-32 going into halftime.
The Owls kept pace with WKU in the third quarter, scoring 14 points to WKU’s 16. With 1:54 left in the quarter, Ford went on a personal 5-0 run.
FAU outscored WKU in the fourth quarter, 17-13, including a 9-0 run at the end of the quarter.
Danneal Ford led all FAU scorers with 25 points, tying her career high. It was her third consecutive game with 20-plus points and ninth straight in double digits.
DaChé Williams provided a spark coming off the bench scoring a season-high 12 points and five rebounds. She was 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, the most three-point field goals she has made in a game this season.
Melinda Myers has stepped into a starting role the past two games for the Owls. Against WKU, she had eight points and 10 rebounds. She now has 527 career rebounds, sixth most in FAU history.
Ra’Kyra Gabriel had 10 points in the game, her third straight contest in double digits. Malia Kency had an impressive statline with two points, six rebounds and five assists. Sasha Cedeño had seven points, three rebounds, and three blocks. With 67 career blocks, Cedeño is now seventh all-time at FAU.
The Owls will return home after a three-game road swing next week. FAU will host Middle Tennessee on Thursday, Feb. 8 and North Texas on Saturday, Feb. 10.
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