Dec. 9, 2012
Boca Raton, FL -The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team will face its second straight road opponent from a major NCAA Division I conference on Monday, December 10 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. The 8 p.m. game will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network (BTN), marking the Owls first televised appearance of the season.
FAU stands 5-3 on the season after a hard-fought 59-58 loss at Mississippi State University of the Southeastern Conference on Friday, December 7. The Owls held a 36-32 halftime lead and had a 3-point field goal attempt with two seconds left that could have won the game.
“We need to put any disappointment from (the Mississippi State game) behind us quickly and turn our full attention to playing a very good Wisconsin team,” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach, in Friday night’s post-game comments.
Junior guard Takia Brooks set career highs with 27 points and seven steals in the MSU loss. She also led the team with seven rebounds. For the season, the Miami native has been a double-figure scorer in each of the past seven games, and leads the Owls in scoring by averaging 14.5 points a game.
Fellow junior forward Chenise Miller, a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) player, leads FAU by grabbing 5.8 rebounds per outing. She is also scoring 13.6 points per contest.
Senior guard Breana Turner rounds out the team’s double-digit scorers at 10.4 points per game.
FAU ranks 11th nationally with a plus-9.5 turnover margin, and also ranks among the national leaders in committing an average of 15.3 turnovers per game. The team was right on that average by having 15 turnovers at Mississippi State, while forcing the Bulldogs to make 35 turnovers.
Florida Atlantic’s offense ranks second in the SBC by scoring 73 points a game, and the team has made at least one 3-point field goal in 82 straight games dating back to a game against Georgia Southern University on December 30, 2009. The Owls have made 42 3-pointers this season, including seven in Friday night’s game.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin of the Big Ten Conference stands 5-3 on the season and picked up a 71-68 win over in-state rival Marquette University on Wednesday, December 5. Other key victories have come against the University of Alabama, 69-50 on December 1, and Washington State University, 52-44 on November 18. Morgan Paige, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. She also ranks second on the team with 10 3-point field goals. Taylor Wurtz, a 6-foot senior guard, is averaging 12.6 points and seven rebounds per game.
The Owls are playing a Big Ten Conference team for the second straight season. They suffered a 73-51 loss at the University of Michigan last winter after leading 28-24 at halftime.
Coach Lewis-Jay is no stranger to the Big Ten Conference and Wisconsin. She served as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska for the Cornhuskers first year in the league. Assistant Coach Vera Jones was a BTN color analyst after a coaching stint at Indiana University.
BTN is currently available in more than 90 million homes in the United States and Canada, and can also be seen in approximately 20 countries via Fox Sports International. The network has agreements with more than 300 television affiliates, including Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. Check your local provider for the channel number to watch Monday’s game.
Live audio and statistics of the game will be available here. Season and single-game tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.