ATLANTA – The Florida Atlantic women’s basketball team (4-4) dominated in a 82-50 win at Georgia State (3-6) on Friday night.
The game began with DaChé Williams scoring the first six points of the game and giving FAU a 6-0 lead. Georgia State battled back with a 7-0 run of their own to take the lead, but it would be the only lead of the game for the Panthers.
At one point in the second quarter, the Owls had an 11-0 run that began with seven points scored in 46 seconds. Georgia State responded with a 6-0 run but Sasha Cedeño ended that with a coast-to-coast layup off of her own defensive rebound. FAU had 23 points in the second quarter, the highest total in the second period for the Owls this season. They also held the Panthers to 11 points in the period, a season low for the second quarter.
FAU’s 17-point halftime lead was the largest of the season for the Owls. Georgia State came out of halftime and outscored FAU, 18-14, in the third quarter.
The Owls turned up the intensity to close out the game, scoring a season-high 25 points in the period and holding Georgia State to six points in the final quarter. FAU used a 14-0 run midway through the quarter to push their lead to 27.
FAU continues to crash the boards, securing a season team high 58 rebounds tonight in the victory. It marks the third straight game for the Owls with 50-or-more boards and the fourth time this season. That mark is also the second highest game total for a Conference USA team this season. Heading into the game, FAU was averaging 45.1 rebounds per game, which was the most in C-USA and the 21st highest in the country. That number has grown to 46.8 on the season. FAU outrebounded Georgia State, 58-45, in the contest.
The Owls used their physicality against the Panthers to their advantage not only on the boards, but on defense as well. FAU had a season-high eight blocks in the game, outdoing their previous high of two earlier this season. That mark is the second highest team total by a C-USA team this season.
The 30-point win was the largest scoring margin for the Owls since December 6, 2014 vs. Webber International (Score: 111-76) and the largest against a NCAA Division I member since January 2, 2013 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Score: 79-44).
The team has had back-to-back 80-plus points for the first time since the 2015-16 season. FAU’s season scoring average is now up to 70.4 points per game. The Owls held Georgia State to 50 points, a new season low in opponent scoring and well below the Panthers season average of 68 points per game.
Five FAU players scored in double figures for the first time this season and the for the second straight game two players recorded double-doubles.
Sasha Cedeño led all scorers with 20 points in the game. Cedeño had her third double-double this season and fourth of her career with 14 rebounds, which is a new career-high for the senior. She also had three assists, three blocks and three steals to fill out the stat sheet.
Danneal Ford recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She also had four assists.
Tyana Robinson continues to pour in the points with 17 on Friday night. She had five threes and shot 2-of-2 from the free throw line, pushing her perfect streak to 11 on the season. The redshirt-freshman also had two assists and two blocks.
DaChé Williams had 10 points in the game, which was a season-high for the graduate student. She also had three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Raven Doyle was nearly the third Owl with a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds in the game. She also had two assists and a steal.
The Owls will hit the road again next week with a Tuesday night matchup at Nebraska at 8 p.m. (EST). FAU will return after the holidays to host Delaware State, Stetson and UMKC for the FAU Holiday Classic to close out 2017 and the nonconference portion of the schedule.
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