Feb. 9, 2013
Mobile, AL - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team had three double-figure scorers to snap a five-game losing streak with a 59-56 road win at the University of South Alabama on Saturday night, February 9 at the Mitchell Center. The game was featured on the Sun Belt Conference Television Network's Game of the Week.
Senior guard Breana Turner made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left to give the visitors the three-point advantage. Then, the Owls secured the victory by successfully defending a game-tying three-point field goal attempt by USA's Meghan Dunn with two seconds remaining in the game.
Turner's final two free throws tied her for game-high honors with 13 points. The New Orleans native became the 11th player in program history to score 900 career points.
"I am very proud of our effort tonight. We had some players step up and play valuable minutes," said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU"s head women's basketball coach. "We were able to execute in key moments and a late second-chance possession was important. They were making a run at us and getting a basket there helped give us momentum."
FAU (11-12, 8-7 Sun Belt) used an 8-2 run over a three-minute stretch of the first half to take a 15-10 lead with 14:07 remaining in the opening period. The lead grew to 29-21 after a Turner layup with 3:05 left in the half.
However, the Jaguars (13-11, 6-9 Sun Belt) scored the next seven points to close the gap. A tip in by Dempsey with 16 seconds left gave FAU a 31-29 halftime advantage.
In the second half, the Owls scored seven consecutive points to hold a 46-39 lead at the 13:12 mark. Dempsey connected on a three pointer to cap that scoring run. FAU held an eight-point lead on several occasions in the half, including a margin following a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Breana Marsh with 9:23 remaining.
Then, South Alabama closed within one point, 54-53, after Dunn's three-point field goal with 3:33 left in the game. Following missed jump shots by both teams, FAU had a critical sequence when Dempsey missed a three pointer. Junior guard Kimberly Smith grabbed the offense rebound with 1:24 left. FAU turned the extra possession into points when Brooks connected a 15-foot jumper. The basket gave FAU a 56-53 lead with 58 seconds left.
South Alabama turned the ball over on its next possession and Turner made one of her two free throws with 34 seconds remaining for a 57-53 lead. Then, a three-pointer by USA's El trimmed the lead to 57-56 with 16 seconds. Then came Turner's last two free throws and the last-second defensive stand.
FAU shot 7-of-17 from behind the arc and held the Sun Belt Conference three-pointers-made-per-game leaders to just three long range jump shots in the victory. The Jaguars entered the game making 6.2 three pointers a game.
USA's Mary Nixon and Brianna Wright scored 13 points to lead the hosts.
FAU returns to the court on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. against Western Kentucky University. The game will be the annual Play 4 Kay Game for breast cancer awareness. Live audio and statistics of the game is available at www.fausports.com.
Tickets for remaining home game are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.