BOCA RATON, Fla. -
What: UAB (13-14, 6-10 C-USA) vs. Florida Atlantic (4-23, 0-16 C-USA)
When: Thursday, March 2 – 7 p.m. ET
Where: FAU Arena, Boca Raton, Fla.
What: Middle Tennessee (19-9, 14-3 C-USA) vs. Florida Atlantic (4-24, 0-17 C-USA)
When: Saturday, March 4 – 5 p.m. ET
Where: FAU Arena, Boca Raton, Fla.
Florida Atlantic University saw UAB run away with a win as the Blazers outscored the Owls in all but one quarter to earn a 66-55 victory at Bartow Arena on Jan. 19. Sasha Cedeno earned a team-best 10 points on 4-of-8 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the 3-point line. Melinda Myers was a perfect 3-for-3 overall and 2-for-2 from downtown to claim eight points while also grabbing two rebounds. Katelyn O’Reilly also contributed eight points as her and Raven Doyle both took five rebounds apiece.
The Owls suffered an 87-69 loss to Middle Tennessee on Jan. 21 despite career performances from freshmen Alexis Shannon and O’Reilly. Shannon had a career-best 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, which included 3-of-4 from the perimeter and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Fellow freshman O’Reilly broke her career high with 13 points on 50 percent shooting while coming away with five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
An Owl’s eye view of FAU:
FAU will end the season at home as they face UAB and MT where they will look to grab the wins after falling in both previous meetings this year. The Owls are shooting 37.2 percent in conference play and average 36.1 rebounds per game. The team also sees 6.6 3-pointers each contest to opponents’ 5.4.
Last time out for the Owls: FAU was nipped by UAB, 78-75, (14-14, 7-10 C-USA) at The Burrow on Thursday night. Four Owls hit double figures led by freshman Katelyn O’Reilly who broke her career-high in points with 23 in her first double-double of the season.
Whooo to watch: O’Reilly posted career highs in both points (23) and rebounds (12) as she had her first double-double of the season in the UAB contest. The freshman hit double-figure scoring in five of her last six outings and shot 10-for-19 from the floor in this game, which is her 19th time doing so this year. Three other Owls scored in double digits: Shannon (14), Cedeno (13) and Bailey with a personal-best (12). Cedeno also tallied eight rebounds, and Shannon captured five.
In league play, Cedeno has a team-best 9.9 points per game followed by O’Reilly (9.5). O’Reilly has a team-leading field goal percentage of .477 against C-USA opponents and .498 on the year. FAU’s leading rebounders are Melinda Myers and O’Reilly who both average 5.0 against C-USA challengers.
An Owl’s eye view of UAB:
The Blazers have lost their last two conference contests and will look to end the streak in Boca Raton. The team is first in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.387) and third in 3-pointers made each game (7.4). UAB has been outscored by C-USA challengers 66.1-64.1 but outrebounds those 33.5-32.9.
Most recent outing for the Blazers: UAB couldn’t slow down the Blue Raiders’ offense Sunday afternoon as the Blazers fell to the Lady Raiders 87-56. The Blazers had a trio of players in double figures but connected on just 4-of-17 attempts from beyond the arc, while MT was 12-of-19 from 3-point range.
Whooo to Watch: Freshman Miyah Barnes and senior Janeka Williams netted a team-best 12 points against MT while junior Keonna Farmer added 10. Barnes and Williams are second (8.8) and third (8.3) on the team in points per game in league play behind freshman Rachael Childress (14.7). Childress is second in C-USA in overall 3-point field goal percentage (.411) and 3-pointers per game (3.1).
An Owl’s eye view of Middle Tennessee:
The Lady Raiders are second in the conference standings and have won their last three games. The team is tops in C-USA in field goal percentage (.456) and rebounding defense (32.2 avg/g) and the runner-up in 3-point field goal percentage (.378) and 3-pointers made per game (7.6). In conference contests, MT outscores opponents 76.5-63.6 on 47.0 percent shooting.
Most recent outing for the Lady Raiders: Middle Tennessee clinched the No. 2 seed in the C-USA Championship and continued its offensive proficiency with a strong shooting night in an 88-53 win against FIU in Miami on Thursday night. The Lady Raiders held FIU to 36 percent shooting from the field and allowed just 21 halftime points on their way to the win.
Whooo to Watch: Alex Johnson led all scorers with 32 points in 31 minutes of play as she poured in a career-high 14 field goals in 19 attempts. The sophomore is the league's leading 3-point shooter (.429) and second-highest scorer at 21.1 points per game. Abbey Sissom continued her hot shooting with 17 points on 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Ty Petty had another notable outing as she finished with 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. The senior leads C-USA in assists (5.9 avg/g) and free throw percentage (.854). Rebecca Reuter rounded out four players in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
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