Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team will celebrate the post-Thanksgiving holiday by playing the University of Miami on Friday, November 23 at 5 p.m. in the Hurricanes’ Thanksgiving Classic.
The Owls will also play a game on Saturday, November 24 against either Radford University or Southern Illinois University, depending on the outcome of the first-round game.
“It is a great opportunity for us to play a top-25 team. We know that they will play us tough,” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “It is something that our kids have been looking forward to playing.”
FAU, 2-1 on the season, is coming off a 96-79 win over Jacksonville University in its home opener on Sunday, November 18. Five players scored in double figures in the contest, led by Morgan Robinson’s 17 points. The freshman guard made four 3-point field goals.
Junior guard Latavia Dempsey matched her career high with 16 points, while senior guard Breana Turner also scored 16 points. Junior guard Takia Brooks and junior forward Shanequa Schrouder rounded out the double-figure scorers, with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The two-game event marks the only in-season tournament for the team this season.
“It is fun playing in tournaments,” said Lewis-Jay. “The two-day tournament will check our mental toughness and see where we are on a quick turnaround. It is also nice to be home for Thanksgiving.”
For the season, Dempsey paces the Owls’ offensive attack, averaging 15 points per game. She has made a team-best seven 3-point field goals. Junior post player Chenise Miller, a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference player, is scoring at an 11.3-point clip.
Live audio and statistics of both games can be found here. Season and single-game tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.