Feb. 13, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team couldn't hold onto a 13-point first half lead and dropped a 64-61 Sun Belt Conference game to Western Kentucky University in the annual Play 4Kay game on Wednesday, February 13 at the FAU Arena.
The Owls are now 11-13 for the season and 8-8 in conference play, while WKU improved to 18-6 overall and 11-4 in league action. The Hilltoppers swept the season series. FAU travels to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, February 16 at 6 p.m. to begin its last road trip of the regular season.
Junior forward Chenise Miller was one of three double-figure Florida Atlantic scorers, with 14 points, while junior guard Latavia Dempsey added 14 points and senior guard Breana Turner chipped in 12 points.
WKU's Alexis Govan scored a game-high 31 points to lead the team's offensive attack. FAU jumped out to a 13-point lead nine minutes into the game, but the visitors closed the final eight minutes of the first half on a 21-9 run. Then, the Owls held a 40-35 lead early in a competitive second half that featured six lead changes.
Trailing by three in the final minute, FAU had a chance to overcome the lead after WKU's Chaney Means and Micah Jones missed the front end of one-and-one free throw opportunities. Junior guard Kimberly Smith converted a layup to bring the Owls within one point, at 64-63. Then, after the second missed free throw, the hosts missed a game-tying free throw. Means was fouled on the rebound and connected on two free throws with eight seconds remaining. FAU missed a half-court shot that could have tied the game.
Live audio and statistics of Saturday's game will be available at www.fausports.com.
Tickets for remaining two home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.