Nov. 28, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team shot 63 percent in the second half to pick up a 67-56 come-from-behind triumph over the University of South Alabama on Wednesday at the FAU Arena. The Owls won their Sun Belt Conference opener for the second straight season.
FAU (4-2, 1-0 SBC) trailed 29-22 at the half after committing 17 turnovers in the period. Things were reversed in the second half, with an 11-0 run paving the way for the victory.
“I am extremely happy the players responded in the way they did after halftime,” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “Briah Blakely was fun to watch in the first five minutes of the second half.”
The Owls quickly cut the South Alabama lead to one point, 29-28, after six scoring straight points. A steal and layup by Blakely capped the run with 17:32 left in the game.
A few minutes later and with the Jaguars leading 35-34, Florida Atlantic used an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 45-35 lead. It was a team effort as junior guard Kimberly Smith gave FAU a 39-35 advantage after a 3-point field goal with 12:54 remaining. Smith and Blakely would connect on jumpers on consecutive offensive possessions to build the lead to eight points, 43-35. Finally, junior forward Shanequa Schrouder capped the run with a baseline jumper.
FAU’s lead would grow to 16 points, 57-41, after a layup from junior forward Chenise Miller with 7:38 left.
South Alabama (5-2; 0-1 SBC) answered with six straight points, capped by a free throw from Brianna Wright. However, the host never saw the lead get into single digits as Smith drained her third 3-pointer of the game to give FAU a 65-48 lead at the 1:45 mark.
Smith scored a season-high 19 points to pace three FAU double-figure scorers. Junior guard Takia Brooks added 12 points, while Blakely chipped in a career-high 11 points.
“It is really nice to see Kim rewarded for all of her hard work (in practice),” said Lewis-Jay.
FAU shot 52 percent for the game.
The Owls will return to the court on Saturday, December 1 at noon against Arkansas State University in another SBC game. Live audio and statistics are available here. Season and single-game tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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