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Women's Action: Cold Shooting Sinks Owls


Women's Action: Cold Shooting Sinks Owls

Florida Atlantic University got 21 points out of Breana Turner against South Alabama on Saturday. The rest of the team struggled, though, as FAU only made 18 of 70 shots from the field in a 71-45 loss to the Lady Jaguars at the Mitchell Center.

The Owls would get off to a slow start, as USA went ahead 7-0 on a Jessica Starling jumper four minutes in. FAU’s first field goal would not come until six minutes into the game when Jessica Knurick hit a runner to cut the lead to 7-3. FAU only shot six of 30 from the field in the first half and trailed 31-14 at the break.

Down by 19 points early in the second half, the Owls would mount a charge. FAU went on an 8-0 run as Carla Stubbs, Brittany Bowe and Turner each hit shots. The Owls had a few chances to cut the lead to single digits with 15 minutes to go, but they missed four straight shots from the field and the misses allowed South Alabama to put the game away. Midway through the half, the Lady Jaguars went on a 13-1 run, and after Starling hit a three with under six minutes to go, the Owls trailed 57-32.

“To have the chances that we had that we couldn’t take advantage of is disheartening,” said Head Coach Chancellor Dugan. “Unfortunately we let our struggles on the offensive side translate to bad defensive play and we just got beat.”

Shakira Nettles led USA (18-8, 9-6 Sun Belt) with 17 points. Starling would add 13 and Morriah Smith scored 12 points on two-of-four shooting from beyond the arc. The Lady Jaguars committed 20 turnovers but pulled away by shooting 56 percent (13-23) in the second half.

Turner had a double-double for FAU (10-15, 6-8 SBC) as she scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds. Nobody else for the Owls was in double-figures as the Owls only made one of 13 three-pointers and got out rebounded 44-41.

FAU returns home for Senior Day on Saturday, February 21 as they face Middle Tennessee at 5 p.m. at FAU Arena.

Source:  FAU Media Relations
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