Dec. 11, 2012
Madison, WI - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball lost its second straight thriller against a major conference opponent, dropping an overtime 82-73 contest at the University of Wisconsin on Monday at the Kohl Center. The game was nationally televised on the Big Ten Network.
The Owls (5-4) rallied from a late eight-point second-half deficit, 67-59, by holding the Badgers scoreless for over four minutes. Junior guard Ashley Stevenson started the rally with a layup, and senior guard Breana Turner followed with a jump shot that cut the deficit to four points, 67-63, with 3:40 left. Later, junior guard Latavia Dempsey made a layup and junior guard Takia Brooks’ basket tied the game at 67-67 with 50 seconds remaining.
In the final hectic seconds, FAU took advantage of another Wisconsin turnover to take a 69-67 lead on Turner’s basket with 25 seconds left. The jump shot capped a 10-0 run for the Owls. However, Wisconsin’s Morgan Paige was fouled with nine seconds left and converted on both free throws to tie the game.
Florida Atlantic had a chance at a last-second, game-winning shot, but Brooks missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.
In overtime, the Badgers (6-3) outscored the Owls 13-4 in the extra five minutes. FAU jumped out a 20-15 lead at the 12:17 mark of the first half. Then, Wisconsin used a 16-2 run over the next five minutes to take its largest lead of the game, 31-22, with 6:39 left in the first half. The Badgers held onto a 40-34 halftime advantage.
The Owls started fast in the second half, scoring the first five points to trim the deficit to 41-40 after a jump shot by junior forward Shanequa Schrouder with 17:25 left. The Badgers proceeded to pull ahead by eight points, 49-41, after a basket by Tessa Cichy at the 14:47 mark.
The back-and-forth action continued with FAU answering with eight straight points to tie the game after Turner’s layup with under 13 minutes to play.
The game featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes.
Turner paced the offensive attack with a season-high 25 points on 10-of-24 shooting, including making both 3-point field goals. Junior forward Chenise Miller scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds before fouling out of the game. Schrouder rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.
The Owls forced 27 turnovers after entering the game ranking fifth nationally in turnover margin.
FAU returns to the court on Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m. against in-state rival Stetson University. The game features two teams that participated in last season’s Women’s National Invitational Tournament. 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.