Boca Raton, Fla. -
Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball (4-20, 0-13 C-USA) played a strong three quarters, led by freshman Julia Jenike with a career-best 19 points, but were outscored 29-10 in the fourth as Louisiana Tech (14-11, 9-5 C-USA) clinched a 76-52 win on Thursday night at FAU Arena.
LA Tech came out and scored nine points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Malia Kency had FAU’s first two points with just under seven minutes to play as Tech led by 12. The Lady Techsters then hit seven of their next nine, including two threes from Kierra Anthony, as they went up by 19. FAU’s last field goal came from Nika Zyryanova from beyond the arc, and the Owls would only tack on two more points in the final five minutes. K. Anthony ended the game with a layup to give LA Tech its largest lead of the game and the win.
Julia Jenike had FAU’s first points of the game as the Owl defense held the Lady Techsters to just four points in the initial four minutes of the first quarter. The Owls’ took their first lead at 5:17 off a hard drive and one-handed layup by Raven Doyle. After extending their lead to six, FAU went scoreless for the final four minutes, which allowed LA Tech to play catchup and end the quarter down 14-12.
LA Tech put together a 10-2 run, led by Alexus Malone, over the first four minutes of the second quarter to regain the lead. Tech went up by nine at the 3:03 mark as Jasmine LeBlanc hit a layup. Doyle came through for FAU again as she ended the Owls’ offensive drought on a jumper with the assist from Katelyn O’Reilly. The Owls would go scoreless for the final 2:48 as the Lady Techsters were up 32-21 at the half.
FAU got down to business in the third, outscoring the visitors 21-15 and shooting 50 percent overall and 75 percent from the perimeter. The Owl defense held Tech again to just four points in the first half of the quarter while claiming eight of their own. From 5:40-2:45, FAU hit four of their last five with Jenike leading the charge as she hit back-to-back baskets to surpass her career high in points with 16. The two teams exchanged baskets, and Tech would take a 47-42 lead into the final 10 minutes.
“Nothing But Net” Notables:
- In her 13th consecutive start, Jenike set a new career best in points with 19 on 6-of-10 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the 3-point line. The freshman guard added two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
- Fellow frosh O’Reilly also hit double-digits with 11 points while grabbing five boards and dishing out one assist.
- Melinda Myers and Doyle were tops in rebounding for FAU with seven and six, respectively. Doyle contributed nine points as well.
- LA Tech was effective in the paint taking 48 points and outrebounding FAU 49-34. Tech shot 45.3 percent overall to FAU’s 31.0 percent and came away with 18 second chance points.
- The Lady Techsters had four players hit double-figure scoring steered by Kierra Anthony (19 pts) and Malone with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Owls will promote breast cancer awareness by sporting pink accessories when the team takes on Southern Miss at FAU Arena on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. Prior to, and during the first half of the game, t-shirts will be sold for $10 each with all proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen organization. For ticket information, please call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUsports.com.
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