Nov. 27, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team closes out a busy November portion of the 2012-13 season by opening Sun Belt Conference play with a home game against the University of South Alabama on Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. in the FAU Arena, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus.
Then, a league matchup with Arkansas State University follows on Saturday, December 1, at noon.
“We are looking forward to being at home for two games and opening conference play,” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “It would also be great to get a good crowd and have fans to support the team.”
The Owls stand 3-2 this month after splitting a pair of games in the University of Miami Thanksgiving Classic last weekend in Coral Gables, Florida. The team defeated Southern Illinois University 85-81 in the consolation game on Saturday, November 24 after losing to the host Hurricanes on Friday, November 23.
Junior forward Chenise Miller earned all-tournament honors after setting career highs with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. The 6-foot junior is the team’s leading scorer this season at 14 points per game.
Junior guard Takia Brooks had a strong homecoming as the Miami native averaged 17.5 points, and she matched her career high with 18 points against Miami in the tournament opener. She also grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals against the Hurricanes. For the season, the junior guard is averaging 13.4 points, and leads the team in steals (9) and assists (9).
Senior guard Breana Turner is coming off her second double-double of her career with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Southern Illinois. The New Orleans native is one of the Owls’ four double-figure scorers at 11 points per outing.
Another junior, Latavia Dempsey, leads the team with 10 three-point field goals and is making 42 percent of her shots from behind the three-point line this season. That outside shooting accuracy has helped her rank third on the team at 12.4 points per game.
As a team, FAU is averaging 76 points a game and leads the SBC by committing just under 15 turnovers per game.
Last season, the Owls split both games against South Alabama, pulling out a 41-40 victory in Boca Raton. Junior guard Kimberly Smith hit a pair of free throws with 11.7 seconds remaining to complete the come-from-behind victory that clinched a winning season and helped the team finish second in the SBC’s East Division. Florida Atlantic opened league play last season by winning its first three games.
South Alabama stands 5-1 on the season and suffered its first loss, 47-40, to the host Cal State Northridge in a tournament last weekend. The Jaguars rebounded with a three-point triumph over the University of Detroit in the consolation game. Mary Nixon is the team’s only double-digit scorer at 19.3 points per game, while Mansa El is scoring nine points a game and has recorded 21 assists. Wednesday will be the team’s fourth road game in seven contests this season.
Live audio and statistics of the SBC season opener will be available here. Season and single-game tickets are available by contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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