Nov. 27, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team rides a three-game winning streak into the week as the Owls return home to host the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament. The Owls (3-2) will host Georgia Southern at noon on Friday to open the two-day tournament, followed by a contest between Rhode Island and Detroit at 2:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the losers of the Friday games will take the court at 12:30 p.m., followed by the championship game at 2:30 p.m.
The tournament features several promotions for fans, including $1 admission and $1 hot dogs on Friday to go along with Black Friday. On Saturday, fans can get free admission to the tournament by bringing a ticket stub from the Nov. 29 FAU football game against FIU.
FAU has never faced Rhode Island (0-5) or Detroit (1-5), and is 2-4 all-time against Georgia Southern. The Owls topped the Eagles (1-4) 75-55 last season in Statesboro, Ga behind Chenise Miller and Latavia Dempsey who each scored 16 points in the game.
The Owls are averaging a staggering 87.8 points per game which ranks 17th in the nation, and have a turnover margin of +9.8 which is tenth out of the 343 Division I schools in the country. FAU is being led in scoring by Dempsey who averages 13.6 points per contest. Miller recorded double-doubles in back-to-back games last week and averages 12.8 points and 9.4 rebounds on the season. Takia Brooks also averages double-digit scoring and has dished out a team-high 22 assists on the year.
Georgia Southern scores 55.2 points/game and is led by Anna Claire Knight with a 14.4 scoring average. The Eagles have a pair of players, Danielle Spencer and Briana Jones, who average ten rebounds/contest to lead the Southern Conference. GSU's lone victory came on Nov. 16 as the Eagles defeated Jacksonville State 63-50.
Rhode Island is seeking its first win of the year, but the Rams have played their opponents close. Rhody has lost its last four games by an average of just 5.7 points per game. They are being led by Tayra Melendez who averages 15 points and 3.6 rebounds in her 30.2 minutes/game.
Detroit has lost four in a row against stiff competition entering the tournament. The Titans defeated Lawrence Tech 84-60 on Nov. 11, but since have fallen to Western Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State and Ball State. UDM has three players in double-figure scoring, led by Senee Shearer's 18.5 points/game. The senior is coming off of a 28-point performance against Ball State and leads the Horizon League in three-pointers per game (3.17).
Following the tournament, the Owls will have time off for finals before hosting UCF on Dec. 13. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Burrow.