Women’s basketball preview: FAU looking to earn its first conference win of the season at home against in-state rival FIU

Since 2010, FIU has had the edge over FAU 7-6.


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Junior Malia Kency has played a team-high 29.1 minutes per game during conference play this season. Photo by Max Jackson

Christopher Libreros, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic women’s basketball returns home to Boca Raton on Thursday, Jan. 26, in its lone game of the week as the team looks to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Owls will be playing host to in-state rival Florida International University in their second and final meeting of the regular season.

FAU (4-14, 0-7 Conference USA) struggles in Conference USA continued last week as the team remained winless in conference play with back-to-back double-digit losses to both the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Middle Tennessee State University.

Here’s what you need to know about the matchup:

FIU Panthers:

The Panthers (4-14, 2-5 Conference USA) are last in the conference in field goal percentage, at 37 percent per game, and they are tied for last in opponents field goal percentage as well, allowing teams to shoot 44.2 percent from the field.

In their first meeting of the season on Jan. 7, the Panthers completed a second-half comeback to defeat FAU, 74-65. In that game, FIU’s Kristian Hudson scored a game-high 21 points and nearly had a triple-double with nine assists and eight steals.

The sophomore forced more than half of FAU’s turnovers on her own.

FAU has the decisive advantage on the glass. In the Conference USA rankings, FIU is dead last in rebounding margin after getting outrebounded by an average of 10.2 rebounds per game. In comparison, FAU ranks in the top five for defensive boards, pulling down 26.7 rebounds per game.

FIU is 14-9 all-time against FAU. The Owls will be looking to avoid being swept by the Panthers in the regular season for the first since 2013.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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