BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead against Lynn University and never trailed in a 79-67 win in exhibition play on Saturday afternoon at de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center. The Owls will open the season on Sunday, November 12 against Mercer at FAU Arena.
COACH JABIR’S TAKE
“Today was a really good indicator for us this season. We were able to see what we’re good at and what we have to get better at. We have a week to prepare for a really good Mercer team. This was a good day for us. We learned a lot.”
FAU started the game on a 16-0 run against the Fighting Knights and ended the first quarter with a 23-10 lead. The second quarter was much of the same with the Owls taking a 24-15 scoring lead and a 47-25 lead at the half.
Lynn chipped away in the third and fourth quarters, eventually cutting the Owl lead to single digits. FAU kept the Fight Knights at bay and ended the game outscoring Lynn 7-3 in the last 1:30.
Sasha Cedeño led all scorers with 21 points in the game and added four rebounds and two assists. Danneal Ford bested her career high with 16 points in the contest and she also had five rebounds and three assists.
Raven Doyle was one point shy of a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points. Malia Kency filled out the stat sheet with 13 points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal. Ra’Kyra Gabriel showed her presence in the post with eight points and six rebounds. Alexis Cowan was a defensive catalyst for the Owls with five steals in the game.
The Owls used defense to generate offense in the game, scoring 20 points off of Lynn turnovers. FAU had eight steals at halftime, tying the season-high from last season and ended the game with 10.
The Owls will host Mercer on Sunday, November 12 to open the season. Mercer has won two consecutive Southern Conference regular season titles. The Bears return nine of its top scorers from a season ago, including two-time SoCon Player of the Year Kahlia Lawrence.