Nov. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After trailing by 23 in the first half, the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team went on a 26-6 run late in its game at Ohio State on Sunday, but fell to the Buckeyes 91-88.
FAU's Latavia Dempsey hit a three-pointer to pull the Owls (0-2) within one point with :35 left in the contest, but the Buckeyes (2-0) capitalized on a pair of free throws to hold on for the victory. Ohio State kept its streak alive, earning its 16th consecutive home opening win.
Senior Takia Brooks lit up the scoreboard with 25 points, five assists and five rebounds in her 30 minutes on the court. Dempsey and fellow senior Kimberly Smith were each a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, scoring 19 and 15 points, respectively.
Senior Chenise Miller played a career-high 39 minutes, grabbing 11 rebounds while scoring nine points in front of the announced attendance of 4,542 at the Value City Arena.
Ohio State saw four players reach double-digit scoring, led by Cait Craft who shot 13 free throws en route to her 29 points. Sophomore sensation Ameryst Alston posted 28 points while Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore had double-doubles.
The Buckeyes' squad, which features seven players who are six-feet tall or taller, out-rebounded FAU 40-32 and posted a dominating 42 points in the paint. The Owls forced 26 OSU turnovers, converting those into 33 points. FAU also outscored the Buckeyes in bench points by a margin of 39-6.
The Owls return home to host Florida Memorial on Nov. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the FAU Arena.