Women’s Basketball: Owls split two games in the Montana Lady Griz Classic

Ali Gorrell scores 30 points over weekend tournament


FAU guard Ali Gorell (23) dribbles up the court in the first quarter of play against Milwaukee on Nov. 17. Gorell was the highest scoring Owl with 20 points on the night. Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Brendan Feeney, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic women’s basketball split their two games in the Lady Griz Classic over the weekend.

Along with the Owls (6-3), the classic’s participants included: Montana University as host, Tennessee State and Utah State. Montana won first place in the tournament, beating Utah State 86-70 in the championship game on Sunday.

Here’s what you need to know from this weekend:

Game One: Montana 83, Florida Atlantic 69

Four Owls reached double-digit scoring when FAU lost to Montana in the first game of the Lady Griz Classic, 83-69.

Junior forward Kat Wright led the team with 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting, including converting on 5-of-11 from three-point range.

Redshirt senior guard Ali Gorrell added 14 points for FAU and finished with a team-high eight rebounds. She struggled from the floor however, making only three of her 12 shots.

Montana, who took an eight point lead into the half, started the third quarter on a 15-6 run, ultimately putting the game out of reach.

Sophomore forward Sasha Cedeno tallied 13 points -— a season high — for the Owls. Sophomore guard Malia Kency contributed with 12 points in the game.

Game Two: Florida Atlantic 69, Tennessee State 64

After trailing by four early in the fourth quarter, FAU went on a 13-0 run over the next three minutes and took a 60-51 lead. The Owls allowed Tennessee State to come within one point in the final minute, but were able to hold on for the win, 69-64.

Senior guard Morgan Robinson led the Owls with 18 points. Gorrell added 16 points and nine rebounds.

Florida Atlantic will have over a week off as their next game is not until the FAU Holiday Tournament. Bethune-Cookman will be the Owls’ first opponent in the tournament, playing on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m.

Brendan Feeney is a contributing writer for the University Press. To contact him on this or other stories, he can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter.