Feb. 26, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - A 15-0 run late in the first half lifted the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team to a lead it would not relinquish as the Owls defeated Marshall 87-68 on the road Wednesday.
Senior Kimberly Smith scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Owls (14-13, 4-10 C-USA) to the victory. The Minneola, Fla. native needs just one more three-pointer to tie the Conference USA record for most treys in conference games in a season.
Takia Brooks pieced together a fantastic game, scoring 23 points with five assists, four rebounds and four steals. She and smith combined for 70 minutes on the court with only one turnover each.
Freshman Shaneese Bailey posted a career-high 15 rebounds en route to her second double-double of the year with her 13 points. The Callahan, Fla. native made seven consecutive free throws and shot 100 percent from the field.
Sophomore Morgan Robinson tied her career-high with seven rebounds to go along with her seven points.
Marshall (9-18, 2-12 C-USA) took a six point lead midway through the first half before the Owls took control. With 3:36 left in the opening half, the Thundering Herd led 27-22 as two Robinson 3-pointers sparked FAU's 15-0 run to take a 37-27 lead in the next 2:02.
Marshall's Norrisha Victrum would make a three with four seconds left to cut the lead to seven at the intermission.
Brooks came out of the locker room to score FAU's first seven points of the second half to put the Owls up by 12 at the 18:01 mark. From the 3:16 mark of the first half to 18:01 of the second half, the Owls made nine consecutive field goals, including four three-pointers.
A Brooks three-pointer with 11:07 to play would give FAU its largest lead of the game at 67-42. Marshall would cut it to as few as 15 points with 5:57 remaining, but the Owls held on for the win.
FAU heads to San Antonio to face UTSA on Saturday, March 1 with a scheduled tipoff of 5 p.m. Eastern. Live audio will be available at FAUSports.com.
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