BOCA RATON, Fla. – (Jan. 31, 2020) – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team (9-11, 3-6 C-USA) will look to bounce back, as they travel to Marshall (7-12, 2-6 C-USA) for the 10th game of the series on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center.
About the Owls:
- The Owls will look to bounce back from a 68-59 loss at Western Kentucky. FAU is searching for its first road win since Jan. 2 at UTSA
- The program holds the lead in the series, 5-4, while winning four out of the last six meetings
- Crystal Primm is the leader in points and rebounds on the team, averaging 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Lotta Vehka-Aho follows with 12.2 points per game and leads the team in assists (55) and steals (35). Juliette Gauthier is the third Owl averaging double digits with 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game
- Head coach Jim Jabir is one win away from the 500th of his career
Last Time Out:
- The Owls dropped Thursday’s tilt against the Lady Toppers, 68-59
- FAU outscored WKU 20-9 in the fourth quarter, but the Owls could not fully recover from a rough third quarter, in which the Lady Toppers shot 76.92 percent from the field and put up 26 points versus the Owls’ 13
- Vehka-Aho was the Owls’ leading scorer with 18 points
- Gauthier followed with 11 points and five rebounds
- Primm, Astou Gaye and Alexa Zaph each logged eight points, while Primm led the Owls with six rebounds
- Glenisha Harkless matched a career-high six assists and two blocks
- The Owls held the Lady Toppers to a 13.6 three-point shooting percentage, as WKU shot 3-22 from beyond the arc
- Marshall was picked to finish 11th in the C-USA Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches
- The Herd are led by freshman Savannah Wheeler, who is averaging 13.0 points per game and has tallied a team-leading 49 assists and 24 steals
- The Thundering Herd’s leading rebounder is Taylor Pearson, who averages 5.9 boards per game along with 9.7 points per game
- Senior Ashley Sainigene has tallied 45 blocks on the season and is second in C-USA with 2.8 swats per game
History Against the Thundering Herd:
- The 10th meeting between the two teams will take place Saturday afternoon
- FAU has won four out of the last six meetings, while holding a slight 5-4 advantage over the Thundering Herd
- In last season’s meeting, the Owls fell just short of the Thundering Herd, 72-67 in Boca Raton. Gauthier put up 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Harkless captured nine points and four boards, while Amber Gaston logged eight points
FAU will take on in-state rival FIU in Miami next Saturday at 2 p.m. The Owls will return home on Thursday, Feb. 13 to face Southern Miss at 7 p.m. For tickets, click here or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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Florida Atlantic University Athletics:
FAU Athletics is comprised of 21 intercollegiate teams involving 450 student-athletes that compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball, beach volleyball, cheer and dance. The Owls are a NCAA Division I-A (FBS) institution and compete in Conference USA and the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) (beach volleyball, men’s swimming). The Owls have been playing football since 2001 and are a perfect 4-0 in bowl games, the most recent being a 52-28 victory over SMU in the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. The dance team finished its 2014 season No. 8, nationally. FAU cheer won a national championship in 2016.
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.