Nov. 18, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Freshman guard Morgan Robinson had a game-high 17 points to pace five double-figure scorers for the Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team in a 96-79 victory over Jacksonville University in the Owls’ home opener on Sunday at the FAU Arena. The victory improves the team’s record to 2-1 on the season.
FAU’s bench outscored the Dolphins’ reserves 61-24 for the game, anchored by Robinson’s 17 points. The Longwood, Florida native made four 3-point field goals.
“I was pleased with how the players responded after Friday night’s disappointing loss (at Bethune-Cookman),” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “Morgan really stepped up her game. Latavia gave us energy off the bench and Breana had a strong second half. Overall, I was pleased with the effort the team played with today.”
FAU led 42-37 at halftime and quickly took an 11-point lead, 50-39, after a layup by junior guard Kimberly Smith at the 16:52 mark.
Jacksonville (1-2) answered to trim the lead to 62-57 after Maggie Wilson’s three pointer with 10:53 remaining.
However, the Owls seized momentum with a 17-2 run over the next 3:21, capped by a Smith three-point field goal. The basket gave FAU a commanding 79-59 advantage.
Junior guard Takia Brooks scored seven of her 12 points during the run.
“Today, Takia provided the leadership that we need at the point guard position,” said Lewis-Jay. “Her play was a key reason for our run that carried us to victory.”
Junior forward Shanequa Schrouder rounded out the double-digit scorers with a career-high 11 points. She also grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
FAU shot 44 percent from the floor and made eight three-point field goals. The Owls also committed a season-low nine turnovers and had a season-high 16 assists.
Jacksonville was led by Jade Cargill’s 12 points and 16-rebound effort. Wilson added 15 points for the visitors.
FAU returns to the court on Friday, November 23 at 7 p.m. to begin play the host Hurricanes in the University of Miami Thanksgiving Classic. There will also be a game on Saturday, November 24. Live audio and statistics of the game can be found at www.fausports.com. Season and single-game tickets are available at the FAU Ticket Office by calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS.