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Women’s basketball season review: the good, the bad and the ugly

The Owls finished the season on a 19-game losing streak, the second-longest active losing streak among Division I programs.

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Junior Sasha Cedeno, who led FAU in scoring during the 2016-17 season, receives instructions from former head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay, who was fired on March 6. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Junior Sasha Cedeno, who led FAU in scoring during the 2016-17 season, receives instructions from former head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay, who was fired on March 6. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Junior Sasha Cedeno, who led FAU in scoring during the 2016-17 season, receives instructions from former head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay, who was fired on March 6. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Hans Belot Jr., Sports Editor

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Florida Atlantic women’s basketball finished its 2016-17 campaign as the worst team in the program’s 33-year history. The Owls finished with just four wins against 25 losses, and went 0-18 in conference play.

The Owls ended their season with a 19-game losing streak, the longest in the team’s history. This all led to the firing of head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay after five years in charge.

As FAU looks to put the 2016-17 season behind them, we look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the year:

The good: youth

The Owls had five freshmen on the roster, four of which played in every single game. Three of them — Alexis Shannon, Julia Jenike and Katelyn O’Reilly — finished the year in the top six in leading the team in scoring per game.

O’Reilly led the team in both field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. She finished the year shooting 49.8 percent from the field — 10th in the conference — and 35.3 percent from deep.

Jenike was tied with junior Malia Kency with a team-high 60 assists for the year. She also led the team with 24 starts.

The bad: lack of scoring

For the first time in more than 15 years, the Owls failed to have at least one player finish the year averaging at least 10 points per game. Junior Sasha Cedeno was the team’s leading scorer for the season, but she finished just shy averaging 9.8 points per game.

As a team, FAU finished the year 12th in the conference, averaging just 61 points per game. The Owls were also the worst shooting from the field and the third-worst at shooting 3-pointers, averaging just 37.1 and 28 percent respectively.

The Owls also did not do themselves any favors with their turnovers, coughing the ball up over 17 times a game which was the fourth worst in the conference. FAU had the worst turnover margin of the conference at -4.1.

The ugly: the losing streak

FAU began its season 3-2, defeating Florida Memorial, Indiana State and Jacksonville State, giving the team its sixth consecutive season with a winning record through the first five games. However, the Owls would win just one more game throughout the remainder of the year.

That win came on Dec. 16 versus Jackson State, when they had three players score at least 10 points — Cedeno, O’Reilly and junior Melinda Myers. FAU shot 47 percent from deep in that game and had 14 points off Jackson State turnovers.

What followed was a 19-game losing streak. Fourteen of those losses were by 10 points or more.

FAU also failed to win a single conference game for the first time in program history, and went 0-13 away from Boca Raton. The 0-13 mark is tied for the worst in FAU’s history.

The 19-game losing streak is currently the second-longest active losing streak among Division I women’s basketball programs behind Chicago State’s 29-game losing streak.

Hans Belot Jr. is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email hansbelot1997@gmail.com or tweet him at @Don_Phenom_.

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