Women’s Basketball: Live and die by the three

The Owls have broken their own Conference USA record for made 3-pointers in a single season


Junior Sasha Cedeno scored a team-high 35 points in the two games. Mohammed F Emran | Staff Photographer

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor

The Florida Atlantic women’s basketball team broke its own Conference USA record for most 3-pointers made in a season in Thursday night’s 71-65 loss at Middle Tennessee.

The Owls entered Thursday’s game three made 3-pointers away from the record, which they set during the 2013-2014 season. The team made 13 in the game, setting the new record at 274 with one game left to be played on Saturday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

FAU’s 274 made 3-pointers — 92 more than any other team in Conference USA — in 28 games gives it an average of 9.8 per game, sixth best in the nation.

The team also holds the conference’s second highest percentage of made 3-pointers at 35.2 percent, just .2 percent behind Charlotte.

Although, it appears the Owls have won less with the more success they find behind the three-point arc.

FAU is 6-3 when shooting fewer than 25 3-pointers in a game, but when shooting more than 30, the team is 3-5. The team is 4-7 when attempting between 26 and 30.

The Owls shot more than 33 just once in a game when it attempted 45 in a loss.

When making at least 12 3-pointers in a matchup, the Owls have a record of 3-6. When making 10 or fewer, the team is 9-8.

Twelve has been the Owls’ unlucky number, as they are 0-3 when tallying that total.

The most they have made in a game this year was 17 on Jan. 7 in an 84-73 win against Marshall.

Junior Kat Wright has led the way for the three-point attack, making 79 so far this season.

Already having second place locked up with one game left, she’ll have to make 11 on Saturday to tie FAU’s school record for the most makes in a season. Her career-high for a single game happens to be 11, which occurred on Jan. 30 at Charlotte.

Wright, sophomore forward Sasha Cedeno, senior guard Morgan Robinson and sophomore guard Malia Kency all appear in Conference USA’s top 10 in 3-pointers made. Cedeno and Wright are also in the conference’s top 10 in three-point shooting percentage, sitting first and third respectively.

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