Women’s basketball: Lady Owls’ porous defense results in 86-68 loss to WKU

Junior guard Takia Brooks surveys the offense. She would finish with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Photo by Western Kentucky University Media Relations.

Junior guard Takia Brooks surveys the offense. She would finish with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Photo by Western Kentucky University Media Relations.

The Owls women’s basketball team was the victim of a Western Kentucky scoring barrage. FAU lost on the road 86-68 against Sun Belt Conference leader WKU.

The 86 points were the highest point total allowed all season by the Lady Owls. After allowing 44 points in their game against Louisiana, FAU has allowed 56 made shots in their last two contests.

The Lady Owls allowed a combined 71 points from three Hilltoppers players, including 28 from sophomore forward Chastity Gooch.

Junior guard Kimberly Smith led the Owls with 18 points on 6-13 shooting. Smith was only able to knock down 3 of her 9 attempts from deep. As a team, the Owls couldn’t get much going at the three-point line, going 7-25 on the night.

Junior forward Chenise Miller takes it strong to the rim. Photo by Western Kentucky University Media Relations.

Junior forward Chenise Miller takes it strong to the rim. Photo by Western Kentucky University Media Relations.

Junior guard Takia Brooks also had an impressive game for the Lady Owls, putting up 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.

However, excluding the three-player 71 point outburst (Bianca McGee and Alexis Govan added 23 and 20, respectively), only one player on the WKU team scored more than two points.

The Owls lost despite both teams having as many turnovers (22). FAU’s defense even added 7 blocks and 11 steals.

Three WKU players accounted for more points than the entire FAU team, starters, and bench players combined.

The loss was the Owls’ second in a row, bringing them to 9-7 on the year and 5-2 in the conference.

FAU will take on Troy at home on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

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