Dec. 1, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Two 20-point performances helped the Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team to a 79-71 home victory over Arkansas State University on Saturday at the FAU Arena. The Owls improve to 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference action and posted their third straight win.
“We have started conference well with two victories,” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “Winning at home was one of our preseason goals. We did a good job of securing the home court this week.”
“I told Chenise after the last game (playing only 11 minutes Wednesday in a victory over South Alabama) to come ready to play early today. I like seeing her statistics line today,” said Lewis-Jay. Besides the team-high 29 points, Miller had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
FAU (5-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) got off to a quick start, grabbing a 14-9 lead at the 16:06 mark with 11 points coming from Miller. However, the visitors responded with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 17-14 lead.
The first half featured six ties and five lead changes as Arkansas State (1-6, 1-1 Sun Belt) took a 35-32 halftime lead.
For the third straight game, Florida Atlantic dominated the second half. Junior guard Takia Brooks connected on a three-point field to tie the game at 37 with 18:42 remaining. The score would be tied four more times before a Miller layup at the 14:23 mark gave FAU a 47-45 lead.
Later, junior guard Briah Blakely made a 3-pointer with 12:21 left for a four-point lead, 52-48. That advantage would stretch to 59-52 midway through the second half following another Miller layup.
Turner scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half and drained a 3-pointer at the 4:45 mark to give the host a 72-66 lead. She made two free throws on the next offensive possessions to help FAU gain a commanding eight-point advantage.
Brooks rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points and a game-high seven assists. Blakely added eight points in the victory.
FAU forced 27 turnovers by the Red Wolves and had 20 assists compared to turning the ball over 10 assists. The Owls lead the SBC in committing the least amount of turnovers per game.
Arkansas State was led by Jane Morrill’s 17 points and shot 55 percent in the game.
FAU returns to the court on Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m. against Mississippi State University in Starksville, Mississippi. Live audio and statistics of the game is available here. Season and single-game tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.