Feb. 15, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team suffered a 71-60 loss on Wednesday night at Western Kentucky University's E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. The setback snapped the Owls' three-game winning streak, but keeps them in second place in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division with a 9-4 record.
WKU (8-17, 5-8 Sun Belt) scored the last 11 points of the game after a pair of free throws by FAU sophomore guard Latavia Dempsey tied the game at 60 with 4:32 remaining.
"Western Kentucky simply played better than us tonight, especially down the stretch, and got the well-earned victory," said Chancellor Dugan, FAU's head women's basketball coach. "They (WKU) got some big offensive rebounds and we just couldn't get the key defensive stops. We will learn from this loss and get ready for our final regular-season road game at Middle Tennessee on Saturday."
The host Hilltoppers jumped out to an early 15-8 advantage. However, FAU scored 10 of the next 12 points to a take an 18-17 lead when Dempsey hit a jumper with 11:40 left in the first half. Later, the Owls build a four-point first-half lead, at 23-19, when sophomore forward Chenise Miller connected on a layup midway through the first half.
WKU came back to enjoy a 38-37 halftime lead and increased its margin to six points on a couple of occasions. The Hilltoppers led 60-54 at the 8:36 mark before FAU countered with six straight points to even things up at 60-60. That's when WKU finished the game on its monumental run to pull away and post the victory.
Sophomore guard Kimberly Smith led the Owls with 15 points, including a season-high five 3-point field goals. Miller chipped in 13 points and a team-best six rebounds. Senior post player Vontrice Dennis added nine points.
WKU placed three double-figure scorers, led by Vanessa Obafemi's 18 points. LaTeira Owens added 12 points, while Chasity Gooch chipped in 10 points.
FAU falls to 14-10 on the season and were prevented from a season-best four-game winning streak for the third time. The team returns to the court on Saturday, February 18, at 4 p.m. against Middle Tennessee State University in a game being televised on ESPN3.com.
Live audio and statistics of the game can be found at www.fausports.com.
For tickets of the Owls' last two remaining home games next week, contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.