BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team fell to North Texas on Saturday night at FAU Arena. The Owls will be back in action on Wednesday at Old Dominion.
FAU (10-11, 4-6 C-USA) went ahead early against North Texas (13-10, 4-7 C-USA), but gave up the lead in the third quarter and weren’t able to come back.
After trading baskets to begin the game, the Owls used a 14-3 run to gain a lead. The Mean Green responded with a 5-0 run to end the quarter to bring the score to 21-12.
FAU scored the first points of the second quarter, but North Texas outscored the Owls 13-3 from the 8:28 mark to the 1:37 mark. During that time, FAU went on a scoring drought that lasted longer than four minutes. Danneal Ford knocked down a pair of free throws to bring the scoring lapse to an end. With the score tied, Malia Kency nailed a three-pointer as time expired in the half to give the Owls a 31-28 advantage heading into halftime.
North Texas opened the third quarter scoring 14 unanswered points to take the Mean’s Green first lead of the game. Sasha Cedeño scored on a layup at the 5:00 mark to end the North Texas run. Cedeño went on to score 10 of the Owls 12 points in the third quarter. North Texas closed out the game outscoring FAU, 14-8, in the final period.
Sasha Cedeño led the Owls with 20 points in the game. She recorded her second consecutive double-double and seventh of the season with 10 rebounds. She was once again perfect from the free throw line, hitting 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. The senior now has 985 career points, two points shy of moving into ninth place in all-time scoring at FAU. With two blocks in the game, Cedeño has 69 career blocks, tied for sixth most in FAU history.
Danneal Ford had 12 points in the game, extending her double-digit scoring streak to 11-straight games. She also had five rebounds and three assists.
Malia Kency had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Overall, the senior has 235 career assists which is tied for ninth most at FAU.
The Owls will hit the road once again next week as they travel to Old Dominion (Feb. 14) and FIU (Feb. 17).
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