Boca Raton, FL - Seven senior Florida Atlantic University women's basketball players will close out their collegiate regular-season careers on Saturday, February 25 at 3 p.m. as the Owls host Troy University at the FAU Arena, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
A victory would give FAU the No. 2 seed in the East Division and a first-round bye in next weekend's Sun Belt Conference (SBC) championship tournament. The team could also clinch the bye with a loss by third-place University of South Alabama at FIU on the final day of the regular season.
Coach Chancellor Dugan'ssquad has a 10-5 league record after a dramatic 41-40 home-court victory over South Alabama on February 22. The Owls have sealed their first winning season since joining the SBC and first winning campaign since the 2005-06 season.
"I have never seen or had very many teams play to the final horn the way these kids do. I am just so proud of this team," said Dugan. "The players wanted to make FAU history and the win over South Alabama helped us realize some of our goals. We haven't clinched anything yet. We need to play with the same intensity and determination against Troy on Saturday."
Seniors being honored in pre-game ceremonies will include Mariana Byczkowski, Vontrice Dennis, April Goins, Kristyn Madison, Viviana Penate, DaLita Scott and Teri Stamps. The team will also recognize 2011-12 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Shontavia Williams, the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,466 career points.
"Saturday will be a special day for our seniors," Dugan said. "Each of them has played a significant role in building up to this special season. I have enjoyed watching each of them mature into fine basketball players and quality young women. There would be no better way to close out their regular-season careers than with a home victory."
FAU was victorious 66-46 at Troy on January 18 as sophomore guard Latavia Dempseymatched her career high with 15 points.
On the season, sophomore post player Chenise Millercontinues to lead the team in scoring at 10.8 points a game. She also ranks seventh in the SBC with 7.4 rebounds per outing. Miller scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the victory over South Alabama.
Goins, a 6-foot-1 forward, was perfection against the Jaguars, making all four of her field goals and all four free throws to score 13 points. That output increased her season scoring average to eight points per contest. Goins also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the latest home victory.
Stamps, a 5-foot-7 guard, is averaging 7.8 points a game and leads the team with 34 steals, while sophomore guard Latavia Dempseycomes off the bench to score nearly seven points a game.
Two free throws by sophomore guard Kimberly Smith with 11.7 seconds remaining gave FAU the 41-40 victory over South Alabama. She has made 33 three-point field goals this season. Sophomore guard Takia Brooksleads the team with 56 assists.
Troy enters the game with a 2-24 record and a 1-14 mark in conference action. DeAngela Sword leads the team in scoring at 10.8 points a game. Ieva Nagy has made a team-best 26 three-point field goals. Tenia Manuel leads the team with 6.9 rebounds a game.
Live audio and statistics of Saturday's game can be found at www.fausports.com. For tickets, contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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