Sophomore Ra'Kyra Gabriel leads the Owls in blocked shots this season. Photo by Mohammed F. Emran

Women’s basketball: FAU drops heartbreaker to UTEP in defensive affair

January 14, 2017

After forcing the Miners into a contested 3-pointer, Florida Atlantic Women’s Basketball got the ball back with five seconds left on the clock with a chance to win the game. The ball was inbounded to junior Nika Zyryanova, who then found junior Sasha Cedeno in the corner with a pass.

FAU junior guard Nika Zyryanova (33) scored a career-high 20 points in the Owls win over Indiana State. Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer

Women’s basketball: FAU jumps to 2-0 after nail-biter against Indiana State

November 14, 2016

After trailing by four entering halftime, Indiana State jumped out to a 48-42 lead midway through the third quarter. Then the team ran into a pair of juniors on Kellie Lewis-Jay’s Florida Atlantic women’s basketball team.

Junior Raven Doyle collected her first career double-double in the Owls opening day victory. Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Women’s basketball: FAU pulls away from Florida Memorial in season-opening victory

November 11, 2016

Florida Atlantic women’s basketball used a collective team effort to win its season opener 84-64 over Florida Memorial on Friday night in Boca Raton.

Gallery: Women's Basketball v. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gallery: Women’s Basketball v. University of Alabama at Birmingham

February 7, 2016

Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer Sophomore forward Sasha Cedeno (15) attempts a 3-point shot during the Owls’ 67-62 loss to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Saturday....

Junior Melinda Myers has helped the Owls become one of the top five rebounding teams in Conference USA. Photo by Mohammed F. Emran

Gallery: Women’s Basketball v. Middle Tennessee

February 5, 2016

Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer Before the start of the game against MTSU,members of the women’s basketball team huddle together. FAU lost to MTSU Thursday night, 83-73...

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

Women’s Basketball: Old Dominion dominates Owls in loss

January 29, 2016

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.

FAU senior guard Morgan Robinson (10) shoots a 3­-pointer during the Owls' 84-73 win over Marshall on Jan. 7.  Mohammed Emran | Staff Photographer

Women’s Basketball: Owls lose offensive shootout to Southern Mississippi

January 15, 2016

Florida Atlantic women’s basketball fought late to make a comeback, but was unable to contain the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles’ offense in Thursday night’s 89-80 loss. The scoring started early as the Owls (10-5, 2-2 Conference USA) and Southern Miss combined for 51 first quarter points. FAU struggled to keep up after allowing 22 points in the following two quarters. USM (9-6, 3-1 Conference USA) finished the game making 62.1 percent of its shots, including 7-of-11 from behind the three-point arc. The Owls made only 37.7 percent of their field goal attempts on the night.

Gallery: Women's Basketball v. Bethune-Cookman

Gallery: Women’s Basketball v. Bethune-Cookman

December 31, 2015

Mohammed F Emran | Asst. Creative Director Florida Atlantic women's basketball team huddles up before playing against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 29 at FAU Arena. The Owls won 82-60. &nb...

Freshman forward Ra'Kyra Gabriel (31) goes for a layup while Milwaukee
player Steph Kostowicz (32) defends her during the Owls' 71-67 win on Nov. 24. Mohammed Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Women’s Basketball: Owls lose big to Kansas State 102-53

December 13, 2015

The Kansas State University Wildcats jumped out to an early 17-6 lead in the first quarter, using that momentum on their way to a 102-53 victory over Florida Atlantic Women’s Basketball. The 102 points scored are the most by an Owls opponent since Feb. 13, 2003 when Campbell University beat them 107-90. The 49-point loss is the biggest margin of defeat since March of 2012, when FAU lost by 56 in a WNIT game to the University of South Florida. Kansas State (8-1) recorded 12 more rebounds, 12 more assists, five more steals and five more blocks than the Owls (5-2). They also outshot FAU making 54.9 percent of their field goals - 58.3 percent from three point range- compared to FAU’s 30.3 and 22.6 percent marks respectively.

Mohammed F. Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Into the Unknown

November 20, 2015

Nika Zyryanova had a choice to make: While playing with her hometown team in 2013, the 18-year-old guard thought she had to make a decision between playing professional basketball and a college education.