Takia Brooks leads FAU with 22 assists on the year
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.
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.