BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team will play its second home game in the three days on Saturday night at FAU Arena. The Owls will host North Texas for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
The game will be streamed live on FAUSports.tv (subscription required) with Max Ziffer on the call and live stats will be provided during the game. Fans can also keep with the action by following @FAU_WBB on Twitter for live updates of the game.
Saturday’s game will be the 15th meeting between FAU (10-10, 4-5 C-USA) and North Texas (12-10, 3-7 C-USA). Overall, the Owls had a 9-5 advantage against the Mean Green in series history.
The Owls are off to their best start in conference play through nine games since the 2014-15 season with a 4-5 record. FAU wrapped up a tough stretch of the schedule with the preseason Conference USA favorite Middle Tennessee after taking on first-place WKU and second-place UAB in back-to-back road games. Currently, the Owls are in ninth place in the C-USA standings.
FAU comes into the game as the conference leader in rebounds per game with an average of 43.7, which is the 14th highest mark in the nation. The Owls also are first in the league in defensive boards, averaging 30 per game, also 14th highest in the country. FAU is one of two teams in Conference USA with three players in the top 20 in the league in rebounds per game with Sasha Cedeño (7.9 rpg), Ra’Kyra Gabriel (7.3 rpg) and Raven Doyle (6.0 rpg).
The Owls are averaging 71.6 points per game this season, which is third in the league and the highest for an FAU team since the 2013-14 season. Cedeño leads the team in scoring and is the fourth leading scorer in the conference, averaging 17.4 points per game. The Owls have three others averaging double figures in Danneal Ford (13.3 ppg), Tyana Robinson (11.5 ppg) and Ra’Kyra Gabriel (10.2 ppg).
FAU features two players who have been dishing out dimes this season. Danneal Ford has maintained an average of 4.6 assists per game, fourth highest in Conference USA and Malia Kency has an average of 3.4 per game, ninth highest in the league. FAU is one of only two teams in the league with two players in the top 10 in that category.
LAST TIME OUT
FAU took on preseason Conference USA favorite Middle Tennessee on Thursday night at FAU Arena. After a slow first quarter, the Lady Raiders took advantage of a 15-0 run and built a substantial lead midway through the third quarter. FAU didn’t back down though and fought back to bring the score to within four points. Four points was as close as they could get though with timely threes and made free throws from Middle Tennessee.
Sasha Cedeño led all scorers with 20 points and she was perfect from the free throw line (8-of-8). She picked up her sixth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds and has now score 20-or-more points in six games this season.
SCOUTING NORTH TEXAS
The Mean Green ended a five-game losing streak with a 92-46 win at FIU on Thursday night. Terriell Bradley led North Texas to the win with a program-record nine three-pointers during the game, shooting 9-of-10 from deep, for a career-high 32 points.
After starting the year 9-3 through non-conference play, the Mean Green hit some bumps early in the conference season playing five of seven games against teams picked to finish top five in Conference USA in the preseason poll. That also included UAB, who was not picked to finish in the top five but stand in second with an 8-1 record.
FAU will be honoring Samantha Verdo during halftime of Saturday’s game. Verdon is a student at FAU who previously served in the military. Last week, Verdon visited with the women’s basketball team and talked with them about her experience in the military and how she is applying that to life as a college student and mother.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are only $1. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can call the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS or log on to fausports.com.
The Owls will hit the road again next week as they travel to Old Dominion on Wednesday and FIU on Saturday. Wednesday’s game is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s game will be at 2 p.m. For complete coverage of FAU women’s basketball, follow us on Twitter (@FAU_WBB), Instagram (@FAU_WBB) and Facebook (Florida Atlantic Women's Basketball).