March 5, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --Two missed free throws with 1.6 seconds on the clock allowed the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team to win their final regular-season game 52-51 at UAB on Saturday. The Owls will be the No. 12 seed in the Conference USA Tournament, playing North Texas Tuesday, March 8 at Noon ET in Birmingham.
"I'll escape any day with a win," FAU Head Coach Kellie Lewis-Jay said. "I thought we fought back. Our focus wasn't there at the start, but we came out in the second half as a focused group."
The Owls (14-15, 6-12 C-USA) recorded their 15th game with at least ten three-pointers, led by Kat Wright's four for 14 points and nine rebounds. Morgan Robinson posted 11 points while Raven Doyle scored six.
The first quarter featured five lead changes and two ties before a layup with 24 seconds on the clock gave the Blazers (14-15, 7-11 C-USA) a 19-17 lead at the end of the period.
UAB went up by as many as six in the second quarter before Robinson buried a three and Wright hit a jumper to slice the lead to one. Again, UAB made a layup in the closing seconds to bump the lead to 34-31 going to intermission.
The Blazers held FAU to just one basket over the first 6:51 of the third quarter, but the defense held strong allowing the Owls to take a 41-40 lead on two Doyle free throws at the end of the quarter.
Sophomore Nika Zyryanova went on a personal 5-0 run early in the fourth to give FAU its largest lead at 49-45. UAB responded with a 6-0 run to go up by two before Malia Kency made FAU's 10th three-pointer with 1:38 on the clock. The Owls coaxed three missed field goals before fouling with 1.6 seconds to play, where UAB missed two free throws to end the contest. The Blazers went 2-of-8 from the free throw line in the game.
FAU opens the C-USA Tournament on Tuesday, March 8 at UAB against North Texas. Live audio will be available on FAUSports.com and the games will be streamed by the American Sports Network.