Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team puts its three-game winning streak on the line at Mississippi State University of the Southeastern Conference on Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m. from Starkville, Mississippi. The game begins a two-game road trip against teams from major conferences, with the Owls also facing the University of Wisconsin of the Big Ten Conference on Monday, December 10.
FAU stands 5-2 on the season after a 79-71 home Sun Belt Conference (SBC) win over Arkansas State University on Saturday, December 1. The win improved the team to 2-0 in league play, marking the second straight season that the Owls have opened SBC play with two consecutive victories.
“Mississippi State is definitely a team that is going to challenge us. They have a new coaching staff that I am familiar with,” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “Mississippi State will bring pressure and play a defense very similar to our style. We are excited to play Mississippi State and also head up to Wisconsin on Monday. It will be a great opportunity for us.”
Junior forward Chenise Miller leads Florida Atlantic’s balanced scoring attack at 15 points per game. She scored a career-high 29 points on a career-best 13 field goals against Arkansas State. Miller also leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per outing and 14 blocked shots.
Junior guard Takia Brooks is averaging 12.7 points and been a double-figure scorer in six of the team’s seven games this season. She is tied with junior guard Kimberly Smith with 21 assists. Brooks is tops on the team with 14 steals.
Senior guard Breana Turner rounds out the double-figure scorers at 11.9 points per game.
Overall, the team ranks second in the SBC and 29th nationally by scoring 74.9 points a game. FAU’s eight turnover margin over its opponents stand 11th best among NCAA Division I teams.
Mississippi State stands 3-5 and is coming off a 61-59 road loss at Southern Mississippi University on Saturday. The Bulldogs are led by Kendra Grant’s 14.6 points while Martha Alwal is averaging 13.3 points a game and is the team’s leading rebounder (9.3 rpg).
Live audio and statistics of Friday’s game is available here.
Monday’s game at Wisconsin will be featured on the Big Ten Network – marking the program’s first televised game of the season. Tickets for home games are available by contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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