BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team will host three teams on Friday and Saturday in the fifth annual FAU Thanksgiving Tournament. FAU and St. Francis Brooklyn will kick things off at noon on Friday and Norfolk State will square off with Bowling following the first game. Saturday, the two winning teams will compete at noon and the consolation game will follow.
FAU (1-2) and St. Francis (1-2) squared off one other time in series history. In 1994, the Owls claimed a win against the Terriers. Friday's game starts a four-game homestand for FAU following two road contests. The four games include the Thanksgiving Tournament and contests against Grand Canyon and North Florida.
LAST TIME OUT
The Owls picked up their first win of the season at Indiana State on Monday night. It was also the first win under head coach Jim Jabir and snapped a 21-game losing streak.
FAU took an early lead in the first quarter of the game and never let it go. The Sycamores inched closer on a few occasions, but the Owls prevailed with a 66-58 win.
Senior Sasha Cedeño led the Owls in scoring for the second straight game. Cedeño registered her first career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds, both of which are career highs.
SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS
The Terriers were picked to finish sixth in the NEC Coaches Poll. Last season, St. Francis finished eighth in the conference. Eight players from last season's team returned for the 2017-18 season.
St. Francis' lone win came at home against Army in its second game of the season. Most recently, the Terriers lost to Manhattan in a game that came down to the wire.
Jade Johnson paces the Terriers, averaging 11.7 points per game. Maria Palarino is second on the team with 10.0 points per game.
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