Feb. 8, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team looks to snap a pair of five-game losing streaks when it travels to the University of South Alabama on Saturday, February 9 at 6 p.m. in Mobile, Alabama. The game will be televised on the Sun Belt Network (CSS) and ESPN3.com.
The Owls seeks to get back above the .500 mark in Sun Belt Conference play with a 7-7 league record after a 65-55 loss at FIU on Wednesday, February 6. That was the team’s fifth straight loss and fifth consecutive road setback. Overall, FAU stands 10-12 on the season.
Florida Atlantic goes for the season sweep after earning a 67-56 win over South Alabama to begin conference play on November 28 in Boca Raton. Junior guard Kimberly Smith scored a season-high 19 points and the Owls forced USA into making 26 turnovers. The hosts also made 62.5 percent in their second half shots to rally from a 29-22 halftime deficit.
FAU ranks second in the SBC by scoring 70.5 points per contest, and stands 15th nationally in turnover margin (+5.9 per game). The team forced FIU into 23 turnovers earlier this week, while committing a season-low seven turnovers.
Saturday’s game is a match up of the league’s two best three-point field goal shooting teams. South Alabama leads the league by making 6.2 three-pointers per game, while FAU is second by averaging six shots behind the arc in each contest. The Owls have made at least one three-pointer in 96 straight games, dating back to Georgia Southern on December 30, 2009.
Leading FAU’s offensive attack is junior forward Chenise Miller, a preseason all-league choice who continues to lead the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg). Her 43 blocks lead the conference.
Senior guard Breana Turner scored 15 points at FIU, is averaging 12.2 points per outing and has scored 892 points in her career – putting her 11th in the program’s all-time scoring list.
Junior guard Takia Brooks rounds out the team’s double-figure scorers at 10.9 points a game.
On the other side, South Alabama is 6-8 in conference play but has a winning record overall at 14-10 for the season. The Jaguars are coming off 74-58 win over Troy on Wednesday night. Senior guard Mary Nixon leads the team at 11.3 points per game. Senior guard Mansa El is averaging 9.1 points and has made 30 three-point field goals. South Alabama ranks among the conference leaders by allowing 54.7 points per game.
Live audio and statistics of Saturday’s game will be available here.
Tickets for the remaining home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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