Dec. 29, 2013
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Twelve three-point baskets and three double-digit scoring performances helped lift the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team to an 81-64 victory at UNC-Wilmington on Sunday.
The Owls (9-3) have won nine of their last 10 games, dating back to Nov. 16, and are on their best start to a season since 1990-91. UNCW (1-11) dropped its ninth game in a row.
Seniors Latavia Dempsey, Takia Brooks and Chenise Miller all reached double figures, scoring 17, 16 and 15 points, respectively. Miller grabbed nine rebounds, just one shy of a double-double. Fellow seniors Briah Blakely and Kimberly Smith scored nine and eight points, respectively with Smith tacking on eight rebounds.
The Owls shot 12-of-32 from beyond the arc, tying the third-highest baskets and the second-highest attempts in a game in school history. FAU took a record 35 three-point attempts in its loss at Ohio State on Nov. 10.
Dempsey hit a three to open the game, giving FAU a lead it would not give up. The senior scored 12 of her points in the first half, leading the Owls to a 39-26 advantage at the break.
The Seahawks would cut the lead to eight points with 14 minutes remaining, but couldn't overcome the depth of FAU. The Owls pulled ahead to a game-high 23-point lead in the closing minutes with the help of a 12-2 run that saw Brooks score eight points in less than three minutes.
FAU posted its second highest assist-to-turnover ratio of the season with 17 dimes and just eight turnovers.
The Owls return home to host Bethune Cookman at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 before making their Conference USA debut on the road at East Carolina on Jan. 8.
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