Nov. 23, 2012
Coral Gables, FL - Florida Atlantic University junior guard Takia Brooks matched a career high with 18 points in a hometown return as the Owls suffered a 76-61 loss to the University of Miami in Friday's opening round of the Hurricanes' Thanksgiving Classic in the BankUnited Center.
The Owls will now play Southern Illinois University in the tournament's consolation game on Saturday, November 24 at 5 p.m.
"I'm really proud of this team. I thought they played hard and fought hard," said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU's head women's basketball coach. "Unfortunately, our shots just did not fall. We got good looks and they are shots that will go down later in the season."
Brooks scored her 18 points by making six of her 14 field goals, including one 3-point basket. The guard from Miami also connected on 5-of-6 free throw attempts, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and had four steals.
"I'm extremely proud of Takia. She is a phenomenal point guard," said Lewis-Joy in her postgame comments. "She is learning how to become a great point guard every day. Takia absorbs everything we throw at her and is a joy to coach."
Junior guard Latavia Dempsey added 12 points and made two 3-pointers.
Miami (3-1) jumped out a 20-9 lead eight minutes into the contest. However, the Owls fought back with an 11-5 run over the next four minutes. Later, junior forward Shanequa Schrouder drained a 3 pointer to trim the deficit to 28-27 with six minutes left in the first half. Schrouder converted a layup at the 4:15 mark to draw the Owls within one point, 30-29, before the host Hurricanes closed the half on an 8-3 run, leading 40-32 at halftime.
Then, Miami continued to pull away in the second half, taking a 22-point lead three times before FAU closed the gap to the final margin.
Live audio and statistics of Saturday's game can be found at www.fausports.com, starting with a pregame show at 4:45 p.m. Season and single-game tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.