Women’s basketball: Owls suffer first conference blemish in 73-59 loss to Middle Tennessee

Zack Kelberman

The Lady Owls’ conference record is perfect no more.

On Wednesday night, FAU lost on the road against Middle Tennessee 73-59, dropping their overall record to 8-6 and Sun Belt conference mark to 5-1.

Guard Takia Brooks turned in another solid effort with a team-high 18 points. She also had three rebounds and four steals.

However, the loss can be attributed to three key factors: erratic shooting, a wide array of mistakes, and lack of production.

FAU connected on only 25 of 71 shots (35 percent). They were held well under their season average of 73 points per game, and also turned the ball over a game-high of 23 times.

Aside from Brooks, forward Chenise Miller (12 points) and guard Breana Turner (11 points), the rest of head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay’s squad — seven other players — combined for just 19 points. Middle Tennessee outrebounded FAU 42-39, winning the interior battle.

The Owls went to the break trailing 27-23, and never established a lead in the second half. Their biggest lead — a four-point margin — came less than three minutes into the game.

The loss snapped FAU’s three-game winning streak, knotting them in a three-way tie for the Sun Belt East conference lead with Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.

The Owls play at Western Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.