Women’s Basketball: FAU drops another game to Southern Miss despite strong performances from Kency and Robinson


FAU guard Malia Kency scored 16 points in the Owls’ loss to Southern Mississippi on Feb. 14. Photo by Idalis Streat

Ryan Lynch, Contributing Writer

The Florida Atlantic Owls (11-12, 5-7 C-USA) lost to the Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles 67-65, led by

Both teams played fast turning the ball over many times FAU finished with 22 turnovers, while Southern Miss had 14.

Freshman guard Malia Kency and Junior guard Morgan Robinson both anchored the Owls’ offensive production. Robinson, the Owls leading scorer had 19 points and five assists while Kency finished with 16 points.

Sophomore forward Kat Wright struggled early in the game, shooting 0-of-5 from the field, including 0-of-4 from the 3-point line. A knee injury with 6:00 left in the first half sidelined her, but she returned in the second half after being checked out by trainers.

Wright finished with nine points after fouling out with 2:00 left in the game. Five FAU players had more than 3 fouls by the end of the game (sophomore guard Shaneese Bailey, Wright, Kency, Robinson, and freshman Melinda Myers).

The Owls, decked with pink shoelaces and socks, also participated in Play4Kay, a national women’s basketball initiative to raise money for women’s cancer named after late North Carolina State Women’s head coach Kay Yow. Yow, a Hall of fame coach with 680 career wins, passed away from breast cancer in 2009. The Foundation was started in 2007 and has raised over 3.9 million dollars to date.

The Owls have now lost three in a row and Southern Miss has now won five straight.

FAU will next play at the University of North Texas on Feb. 19.