Women’s Basketball: Owls pick up fourth straight victory versus Florida International

Morgan Robinson scores season-high 28 points

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Women’s Basketball: Owls pick up fourth straight victory versus Florida International

Sophomore guard Malia Kency (32) shoots during the opening game of the FAU Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Sophomore guard Malia Kency (32) shoots during the opening game of the FAU Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Sophomore guard Malia Kency (32) shoots during the opening game of the FAU Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Sophomore guard Malia Kency (32) shoots during the opening game of the FAU Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

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Florida Atlantic women’s basketball found itself on the winning end of the scoreline for the fourth straight game Sunday, beating the Florida International Panthers 87-82 to open up Conference USA play.

After the Panthers went on an 8-2 run to start the game, FAU made a 20-point comeback to tie the score at 22 to end the first quarter.

The Owls (9-3) took a 47-42 lead before halftime on a 5-of-10 performance from behind the 3-point arc. Their shooters finished the game 8-of-16 from long range.

Despite not holding the advantage in rebounds (37-32), FAU took advantage of its opportunities after offensive rebounds with 15 second-chance points.

Both teams exchanged the lead nine times in the final 20 minutes, but the Owls took their final lead with 6:43 left in the game and held on until the end of play.

Senior guard Morgan Robinson had a season high of 28 points, with redshirt senior Ali Gorrell adding 23 points.

FAU has now beat FIU (2-10) in its last three matchups. A win in the second game of this season’s series between the two teams on Feb. 27 would give the Owls a sweep for the second straight year.

The Owls will continue their homestand on Jan. 7 against Marshall at 7 p.m.

Ryan Lynch is the sports editor of the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter.