Oct. 2, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - First-year Florida Atlantic University Head Women's Basketball Coach Kellie Lewis-Jay welcomed three returning starting players, several quality reserves and six talented newcomers for the start of preseason practice on Tuesday, October 2, in preparation for the 2012-13 season. The Owls are striving to build off last season's 17-win campaign in which they advanced to postseason play for the first time since 2006.
Lewis-Jay is the fourth head coach in program history and one of five new head coaches in the Sun Belt Conference this winter.
Junior post player Chenise Miller leads the list of FAU returnees. She was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection last season after leading the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg). Miller scored a career-high 21 points in the Owls' SBC tournament quarterfinal victory over the University of North Texas.
Other returning starters include two of the team's better outside shooters: junior guards Takia Brooks and Kimberly Smith. Brooks made 33 percent of her three-point field goal attempts last season and led the squad with 64 assists. Smith shot 32 percent from behind the three-point line and helped lead a defensive effort had FAU holding SBC opponents to 55.5 points a game.
Lewis-Jay is also happy to welcome senior guard Breana Turner, who returns after missing last season with an injury suffered nearly a year ago. She was a preseason all-league selection prior to last year, and is the only three-year varsity letter winner on the 2012-13 roster. In 2010-11, Turner had 10 double-figure scoring performances in 22 starts.
Newcomers to the squad include junior guard Briah Blakely of Dallas (McLennan Community College); junior guard Ashley Stevenson of Chicago (Mobley Area Community College); junior guard/forward Shanequa Schrouder of Apopka, Fla. (Daytona State College); sophomore guard Brianna Marsh of Pensacola, Fla. (Booker T. Washington High School); freshman center Jasmine Queen of Riverview, Fla. (East Bay High School); and freshman guard Morgan Robinson of Longwood, Fla. (Lyman High School).
The Owls had a 17-12 regular season record and advanced to the semifinals of the SBC tournament after placing second in the league's East Division. The team received the conference's automatic bid to the 64-team WNIT field. It was the program's first WNIT appearance, and the sixth postseason national tournament in history and first since an appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament in 2006.
Florida Atlantic will host an exhibition game against Trinity Baptist on Saturday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at the FAU Arena, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus. The regular-season opener comes on Friday, November 9, at 8:30 p.m. at Georgia Southern University, with the first home game against the Jacksonville University on Sunday, November 18, at 2 p.m.
Follow the women's basketball team throughout the 2012-13 season at www.fausports.com.