Women’s Basketball: Old Dominion dominates Owls in loss

Monarchs win by 40 points in second biggest margin of defeat this season

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Junior guard Nika Zyryanova has started in 10 of FAU's 14 games this season. Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor

Florida Atlantic women’s basketball got off to a rough start Thursday night, allowing a 7-0 Old Dominion run to begin the game.

Things only got worse for the Owls (11-8, 3-5 Conference USA) before they lost the game 85-45.

After a 3-pointer by redshirt sophomore forward Raven Doyle cut the lead to 19-10 with 2:40 left in the first quarter, the Monarchs (8-12, 4-4 Conference USA) went on another run — scoring 29 straight points while extending their lead to 48-10.

Two foul shots by Doyle finally ended the run late in the second quarter. They were FAU’s first points in over 11:42 of game time.

The Owls entered halftime trailing 51-15 after shooting 17 percent from the floor, 2-of-14 from behind the three-point line, in the half. They also committed 12 turnovers, which led to 24 points off turnovers for ODU.

The Owls did not score one point off the seven turnovers they were able to force in the half.

They finished the game making only 15-of-65 shots from the floor, their lowest percentage in a game this year.

Junior forward Kat Wright and redshirt senior guard Ali Gorrell were the only two Owls to score in double-figures, contributing with 11 points each. Gorrell fell one rebound short of her fourth straight double-double.

The starting lineup did not get scoring help, as the bench logged zero points in the first half. They finished the game with a combined three points, thanks to a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Nika Zyryanova.

Old Dominion was led by redshirt junior guard Jennie Simms  — Conference USA’s leading scorer. She ended the game with 20 points.

Simms was joined by four other Monarchs who scored at least 10 points.

FAU has now lost five of their last six games and will look to bounce back Saturday night, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. when they visit the Charlotte 49ers.

Brendan Feeney is the sports editor of the University Press. To contact him on this or other stories, he can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter.