Nov. 19, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Coming off of a record-setting win over the weekend, the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team takes to the road to face Western Illinois and Cleveland State on Nov. 20 and 23, respectively.
The Owls (1-2) set school records in margin of victory (77) and steals (33) in their 120-43 victory over Florida Memorial on Saturday in FAU's first home game of the season. Senior Latavia Dempsey led all scorers with 21 points in the rout. Freshmen Aaliyah Dotson and Shaneese Bailey scored 18 and 15 points, respectively.
Dempsey and fellow senior Takia Brooks are tied as the top scorers on the squad, averaging 14.7 points per game each. Kimberly Smith also averages double-digit scoring with her 10.3 points per contest.
FAU tips off against Western Illinois (3-1) at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday in Macomb, Ill. That game will mark the first meeting between the Owls and the Leathernecks, who have earned victories over UAB, William Woods and Milwaukee. WIU's lone loss came at the hands of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Leathernecks have four players scoring double-figure points, led by Ashley Luke who averages 14.3 points and 11 rebounds per game.
The last time FAU played a game in the state of Illinois was on Dec. 3, 2008 when the Owls fell to UIC 53-40 in Chicago.
Cleveland State enters the week with a record of 2-1 with losses to Butler and Eastern Michigan, sandwiching a 76-48 win over Lake Erie. The Vikings will host Morehead State on Wednesday before FAU invades the Wolstein Center Saturday at 2 p.m.
CSU is led by Kiersten Green who is averaging 19 points per game. Junior forward Imani Gordon averages 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest in her team-leading 38.7 minutes on the floor.
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