BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team snaps a six-game losing streak and picks up a much-needed win on Friday night in FAU Arena. The Owls topped Southern Miss, 89-74.
FAU (11-13, 5-8 C-USA) jumped out to an early 15-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. The Owls led Southern Miss (13-13, 5-8 C-USA) through the entirety of the game.
The Owls started out the game in dominant fashion, scoring the first 15 points of the game. FAU held Southern Miss scoreless through the first 7:34 of the game. Overall, the Owls outscored the Golden Eagles, 21-6, in the first period.
FAU opened the second quarter hitting three three-point field goals in the first three minutes of the frame, including back-to-back treys from Danneal Ford. The Owls doubled up the Golden Eagles in the second, 26-13.
Southern Miss used the second half to cut into the score, but FAU kept the Golden Eagles at bay, winning the game, 89-74.
Danneal Ford came out and played with fire, scoring a career-high 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting and connecting on five three-point shots. Those five threes were also a career-high for the junior. She also had six assists and three rebounds. Ford has now scored in double figures in 18 of 24 games this season and she’s had five-or-more assists in 12 games, both lead the team.
Alexis Cowan got her first starting nod of the season and backed it up with a career-high 15 points, two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one exuberant block that brought fans to their feet inside of the Burrow.
Malia Kency put together an impressive stat line on the night with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Melinda Myers was the fourth Owl scoring in double-figures with 10 points. She also had two assists and a rebound.
The Owls connected on 53.4 percent of their field goals in the game, the highest percentage of the season for FAU. The Owls’ 76.9 shooting percentage in the third quarter was the highest in a single quarter by FAU this season as well.
Despite being down several players, FAU continues to look to push the ball. The Owls outscored Southern Miss, 21-9, on fast break plays during the game.
The Owls will host FIU on Sunday for Senior Day. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. Six players will be honored before the game in a Senior Day ceremony: Raven Doyle, DaChé Williams, Sasha Cedeño, Malia Kency, Nika Zyryanova and Melinda Myers. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the ceremony.
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