Feb. 21, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team will close out the regular season with two important home court Sun Belt Conference (SBC) East Division at the FAU Arena, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. First, the Owls will battle the University of South Alabama on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m., before facing Troy University in a Senior Day Game on Saturday, February 25.
Both games will determine FAU's standing in the upcoming SBC Championship Tournament. FAU and USA are tied for second place in the East Division with 9-5 league records. The top two teams in each division receive a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
"It is advantageous for us to play well this week and earning a much more favorable draw in the conference tournament with a second place finish in the East Division," said Chancellor Dugan, FAU's head women's basketball coach. "We know the task at hand is for this week. This is what we have worked for all season, putting ourselves in a position where we control your own destiny. We are eager to get this done in front of our home fans this week."
The winner of Wednesday's FAU-USA game cannot secure the bye. However, the Owls would be eliminated from contention for second place with a loss, because of SBC tie-break rules. USA defeated the Owls by a score of 66-58 in Mobile, Alabama on February 1.
FAU stands 14-11 on the season and its next victory would give the team its first winning season since joining the SBC. The program's last winning season came during the 2005-06 campaign. The team is coming off a 65-41 loss at SBC regular-season champion Middle Tennessee State University on February 18.
"We have to get back to playing good, solid defense and paying attention to the little details, like rebounding and free-throw shooting, that have been the pillars for our success this season," Dugan said. "We have to be the aggressive team on the floor - offensively and defensively - and be determined to win the battle from the center tipoff to the final buzzer."
Sophomore forward Chenise Millercontinues to lead the Owls in scoring (10.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.4 rebounds per game). She has been a double-figure scorer in six of her last seven games, and is tied for seventh in the SBC in rebounding.
Senior guard Teri Stamps leads the team with 31 steals and is averaging 7.8 points per contest. Senior forward April Goinsis also scoring 7.8 points a game, while collecting 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Sophomore guard Latavia Dempseyis tops on the team with 34 three-point field goals, making 34 percent from beyond the arc. She comes off the bench to average seven-and-a-half points per game.
Sophomore guard Kimberly Smith is coming off a nine-point outing against MTSU and has made 33 three pointers, including seven in the past two games. Senior guard DaLita Scottrounds out the team's balanced offensive attack at nearly six points.
USA stands 16-10 on the season and is coming off a 70-33 home win over Western Kentucky University on February 18. The Jaguars have won five of their past six games. Junior guard Mansa El leads the team in scoring at 12.2 points a game. She tallied 21 points in the first match up against FAU. Senior guard Sarda Peterson is averaging 10.4 points per outing and has made 60 three-pointers. Senior post player Taylor Ammons is tops on the team grabbing 8.6 rebounds a game.
The FAU program will recognize its seven seniors before Saturday's game against Troy.
Live statistics and audio of Wednesday's game can be found at www.fausports.com. For tickets, contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.