Boca Raton, FL - The No. 8-seeded Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team will start postseason play on Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. when it opens Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Tournament action against the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the Summit Arena at Hot Springs, Ark.
The teams split the two regular-season meetings, with each winning on the opponent’s home court. FAU picked up an 82-72 win in Monroe, La. on December 29 before the Warhawks rebounded with a 90-86 win in Boca Raton on January 30.
The Owls advanced to the semifinals of last year’s SBC tournament with a 56-55 come-from-behind victory over the University of North Texas in the quarterfinal round. The team lost to UALR, the eventual tournament champion. Last year’s results, along with a second-place East Division finish, qualified FAU to represent the conference in the WNIT.
This year, Florida Atlantic enters the tournament with a 12-16 record and a 9-11 SBC record for first-year coach Kellie Lewis-Jay.
Junior forward Chenise Miller leads the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (7 rpg), and ranks among the league leaders in blocked shots (50). The Oak Park, Mich. native was a preseason All-SBC selection by league coaches and has had another solid year while being the emphasis of opposing defenses.
Senior guard Breana Turner is 13 points shy of moving into 10th place on FAU’s career scoring list with 971 points. The New Orleans native is averaging 12.4 points per outing this season, and had a career-high 32 points in the last meeting with ULM.
Junior guard Takia Brooks rounds out the team’s double-figure scorers at 10.5 points a game.
FAU leads the SBC with 11.1 steals per game and turnover margin (+5.1) over the opposition.
ULM, the No. 9 seed, went 9-20 on the season and had a 7-13 league record. The Warhawks enter the tournament riding a two-game winning streak after defeating FIU and in-state rival University of Louisiana.
The winner of Friday’s first-round game will play top-seeded Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.