Women’s Basketball: Ali Gorrell leads team in 91-77 win over Akron

Senior guard scores 26 points in season-opening victory

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Women’s Basketball: Ali Gorrell leads team in 91-77 win over Akron

Redshirt freshman Ro Hayes dribbles towards the basket  during Friday night's 91-77 win over Akron. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Redshirt freshman Ro Hayes dribbles towards the basket during Friday night's 91-77 win over Akron. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Redshirt freshman Ro Hayes dribbles towards the basket during Friday night's 91-77 win over Akron. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Redshirt freshman Ro Hayes dribbles towards the basket during Friday night's 91-77 win over Akron. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Tory Fernandez, Contributing Writer

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Women’s Basketball won their 2015-16 season opener at home Friday night against the Akron Zips by a score of 91-77.

Florida Atlantic (1-0) never surrendered the lead a single time during the course of the game, only allowing the Zips (0-1) to get within a point twice in the second half.

Offensively the Owls were able to spread the ball and find production from multiple sources, with every player that saw playing time registering at least a point.

Senior guard Ali Gorrell led the team’s scoring with 26 points, shooting 6-of-12 on shot attempts and 13-for-14 from the free throw line during the game.

Morgan Robinson was second in scoring on the night with 18 points. The senior guard hit three straight 3-point baskets to start the game.

“I think it was great to set the tone offensively and be the threat that I need to be for our team,” Robinson said.

FAU scored a total of 28 points off of turnovers during the game, compared to Akron’s five points. The Zips finished the game with 18 turnovers

“We hit a lot of shots, you look at are shooting percentage in the second half and defensively we didn’t do what we needed to do, but thank god we came down to the other end and hit shots,” said head women’s basketball coach Kellie Lewis-Jay.

In the paint during the game, the Owls gave up 52 total rebounds while grabbing only 32 for themselves.

“We had tired legs, you look at someone like Kat [Wright] who’s trying to box out and go get the rebound and she played a lot of minutes, and we’re asking a lot out of her,” Lewis-Jay said.

The Owls next game will be at Florida Gulf Coast University on Tuesday Nov. 17. at 7 p.m.

“We’ll look at the tape this weekend and get ready for it, they’re a very good team,” said Lewis-Jay. “They went to the NCAA tournament last year, so we know we have our work cut out for us.”

Tory Fernandez is a contributing writer at the University Press, to contact him on this or other articles, email him at [email protected]