2015-2016 FAU Women's Basketball Discussion Thread
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Milwaukee 67 FAU 71
The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 71-67 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday.
The Owls were led by Ali Gorrell’s 20 points and eight rebounds while Danneal Ford tallied 11 points. Raven Doyle scored a career-high nine while Ra’Kyra Gabriel and Melinda Myers each grabbed eight boards.
Four different Owls scored to start the contest to give FAU an 8-3 lead just three minutes into the contest before a 7-0 run by Milwaukee (1-1) gave the Panthers their first lead at the 5:16 mark of the first quarter.
After three lead changes in a first quarter, Milwaukee extended its 22-21 lead to 26-21 early in the second. The Owls rallied back to take a 34-31 lead on a three-pointer by Gabriel and led by as many as six before a late jumper cut the lead to 39-35 at the half.
The third quarter featured four lead changes and two ties, but FAU held on to a 52-50 lead into the fourth before the Panthers tied the contest just 24 seconds in.
A 7-0 run, capped off by two free throws by Doyle, gave FAU its largest lead of the night at 61-54 with 6:01 to play.
Milwaukee would cut the advantage down to two points four times before a pair of free throws by Ford with two seconds left iced the game for the Owls.
FAU remains at home to host the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament, starting with a noon tipoff against Delaware State on Friday, Nov. 27.
- Brandon Goodwin
South Dakota 76 FAU 53
Florida Atlantic lost their first game of the season on Saturday afternoon in the Burrow.
FAU (4-1) struggled to connect in the first half, combining for just a 5-of-27 (18.5%) showing from the floor, and found themselves in the hole 33-15.
That would be too much to overcome in the end, with the Owls getting no closer than a 54-40 deficit with :58 remaining in the 3rd quarter courtesy of a Morgan Robinson lay-up.
South Dakota (3-3) cashed in behind a 40-12 scoring advantage in the paint, which was aided by a 61-31 overall edge in rebounding.
The Owls saw three players reach double-digit scoring, paced by Ali Gorrell with 12. Malia Kency and Morgan Robinson each scored ten while Melinda Myers once more led FAU with eight rebounds.
The team will be off until facing Keiser on December 6th at 2:00 PM to conclude a four game home stand.
FAU 53 Kansas State 102
The Owls suffered their worst loss of the season 102-53 at the hands of Kansas State on Sunday.
Florida Atlantic (5-2) was led by Kat Wright’s 15 points and Zyryanova’s career-best 14 points. Sophomore Melinda Myers led the Owls on the boards with a game-high seven rebounds.
The Wildcats (8-1) shot a season-high 54.9 percent (39-of-71) from the field while Florida Atlantic turned in a 20-of-66 (30.3%) performance.
K-State surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time since Nov. 26, 2005.
FAU 69 Montana 83
A 15-6 run early in the third quarter propelled Montana to an 83-69 victory over the Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team on Saturday in the second game of the Lady Griz Classic.
The Owls (5-3) placed four players in double-digit scoring, led by Junior Kat Wright’s 17-point performance, but couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Lady Griz (6-4) in the second half.
FAU takes on Tennessee State at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 20 in the finale.