Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team returns to Sun Belt Conference (SBC) action in hopes of recapturing its winning ways at Troy University on Friday, December 21, at 1 p.m. in Troy, Alabama.
The Owls, 5-5 on the season, are looking for a 3-0 start to SBC play for the second straight season. They started league play with a pair of home wins over the University of South Alabama and Arkansas State University before suffering three straight losses, including the first home game of the season 78-66 to Stetson University on Saturday, December 15.
Friday’s game features the SBC’s two highest scoring teams: Troy is averaging 79.9 points a game, while FAU is scoring 72.1 points per outing.
For Florida Atlantic, junior forward Chenise Miller, a preseason all-SBC selection, is coming off her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Stetson. She leads the team by averaging 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game, and has recorded 17 blocked shots.
Senior guard Breana Turner has returned to the form that made her a preseason All-SBC selection in 2011, before missing the season with an injury. She is averaging 12.3 points and has scored in double figures in the last two games, including a season-high 25 points at the University of Wisconsin.
Junior guard Takia Brooks rounds out the team’s double-digit scorers by averaging 12.1 points a game.
Troy stands 3-7 on the season and is 0-2 in league play, falling to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock 75-52 and Western Kentucky University 84-81. The Trojans have scored 80 or more points in seven of their 10 games, highlighted by a 118-point performance against Furman University. The team is coming off an 88-83 overtime win at Jacksonville University on Tuesday, December 18.
Britney McCloud is Troy’s leading scorer at 14.6 points a game and is making 50 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts. Kourtney Coleman is averaging a team-high 6.9 rebounds a game, while scoring 10.9 points an outing. Joannna Harden and Ashley Beverly-Kelley are also double-figure scorers for the Trojans.
FAU swept Troy in two meetings last season, including a 66-46 triumph at Troy.
Friday’s game will be the Owls final game before taking a short break to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available here.
For season and individual game tickets, contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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