BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team stayed in the win column on Friday afternoon with its second straight victory behind Sasha Cedeño’s 27-point performance. The Owls defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 80-60, and will face the winner of Bowling Green State and Norfolk State on Saturday.
The Terriers jumped out to a 5-0 lead to begin the game, but Sasha Cedeño put the Owls ahead by scoring six straight points on a three-pointer and a basket plus foul shot combination. FAU stretched its lead to 13 to end the quarter.
St. Francis was able to get within 11 points of the Owls in the second quarter after an 8-0 run, but that was as close as it would get.
Sasha Cedeño continues her fiery streak, securing her third straight game with 20+ points and her second consecutive double-double. The senior once again outdid her previous career high in points, scoring 27 in the contest. She also tied her career high in rebounds with 11. She also added three assists in the mix. Cedeño is the first player with three-straight games with 20 or more points since Ali Gorrell did it in the 2015-16 season.
Malia Kency had a career-best 11 assists in the game and beat her previous high (six) in the first quarter alone.
Tyana Robinson and Melinda Myers had impressive games off the bench. Robinson in her game as an Owl, after redshirting last season and sitting out the first three games of this season, came into the game and immediately made an impact. She hit back-to-back three pointers in consecutive possessions and ended the game with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Myers had her first double-digit game of the season with 10 points in the game. She also added seven rebounds. Myers also had a team-high three steals in the contest.
The Owls outrebounded St. Francis, 52-35, in the contest. It was the first time a FAU team has had 50 or more rebounds in a game since doing it against Jackson State on Dec. 16, 2016. FAU also edged the Terriers in points off of turnovers (24-16), second chance points (20-8) and bench points (34-20).
The Owls will face the winner of Bowling Green State vs. Norfolk State on Saturday. Game time for the championship is set for 2:30 or 30 minutes following the first game.
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