Feb. 19, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Despite giving up the fewest amount of free throws this season, the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team fell at Charlotte 74-63 on Wednesday in Conference USA action.
The Owls (13-12, 3-9 C-USA) held the 49ers to only five free throws in the game, but were outsized on the glass as Charlotte (12-12, 6-5 C-USA) pulled down 57 rebounds. FAU's defense continued to impress as the Owls forced 24 turnovers by the 49ers.
Senior Takia Brooks led FAU with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in the contest while Kimberly Smith had 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Ashley Stevenson and Latavia Dempsey each chipped in 11 points for FAU.
The Owls held Charlotte's leading scorer, 6-foot, 2-inch Gabby Tyler, to nine points, all in the second half.
The 49ers took control of the game early, but the Owls wouldn't go away. FAU cut Charlotte's leads down to one point on eight occasions before overtaking the 49ers on a Dempsey 3-pointer at the 7:27 mark of the first half.
With just under four minutes left in the opening period, Smith hit her 73rd 3-pointer of the season to give FAU its largest lead of the game at three points.
After Charlotte jumped out to a six-point lead early in the second half, the Owls would take their final lead with 16:45 to play on a Shanequa Schrouder layup.
The 49ers would then go on a 10-0 run late in the half to go up by as many as 16 with 3:23 to play, a deficit that the Owls were unable to overcome.
FAU scored 32 points in the paint, despite having zero players taller than 5-feet, 11-inches on the court.
The Owls return home to host Southern Miss on Saturday at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUSports.com.
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