Nov. 9, 2012
Statesboro, GA - Making 64 percent of its second-half field goals, the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a 75-55 road victory over Georgia Southern University on Friday at Hanner Fieldhouse. The game marked the Owls' head coaching debut of Kellie Lewis-Jay.
Junior guard Latavia Dempsey scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Junior forward Chenise Miller also added 16 points, and senior guard Breana Turner rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.
"We shot the ball better in the second half and got a good road victory," said Lewis-Jay. "Our pressure helped create easier points. Our conditioning was a factor in the second half. We just wore them down."
FAU trailed just once in the game and built a 25-15 advantage at the 6:18 mark in the first half. The team closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 35-30 halftime edge.
In the second half, FAU took a 43-34 lead after a Dempsey jumper with 16:30 left. Georgia Southern closed the gap to four points, 47-43, at the 12:49 mark.
The Owls then went on a 13-7 run over the next five minutes to take a 60-50 lead following a layup by Dempsey, who scored 13 points in the second half.
Florida Atlantic got stronger in the later stages of the second half. Junior guard Briah Blakely connected on a jumper in the paint to give the visitors a 64-50 lead with four minutes left. Fellow junior Takia Brooks converted a layup in transition and Dempsey scored two points to cap a 9-0 run that gave the team a 21-point lead, 73-52.
The Owls, which did not win a road non-conference game last season, return to the court on Friday, November 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Bethune-Cookman. Live audio and statistics of the game can be found at www.fausports.com. Season and single-game tickets can be purchased through the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.