Miami Gardens, Fla. – Florida National University women’s basketball team won its fourth on the road game of the season as the Conquistadors overcame St. Thomas University in a thrilling battle 68-65. The contest was played on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 14th) at Fernandez Family Center, Miami Gardens, Fla. With the win Florida National improves to a 6-10 record while St. Thomas University falls to 6-5.
INSIDE THE MATCH-UP:
Final Score: Florida National University 68, St. Thomas University 65
Records: Florida National University (6-10), St. Thomas University (6-5)
Location: FERNANDEZ FAMILY CENTER – Miami Gardens, Fla.
Florida National University Starters: Adria Stewart , Brianna Richardson, Ashley Williams, Brandilyn Robertson, Shannon Roseensteel
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Conquistadors opened the game on a 7-0 run, forcing STU to use a timeout.
- Back-to-back Dozier three-pointers cut the deficit to 7-6, as Florida National used a timeout of their own.
- Florida National added another extended run, 10-2 in less than a minute, building a 17-8 advantage.
- Vogel added recorded four consecutive points, cutting the FNU lead to 21-15.
- STU finished the first quarter trailing, 25-15.
- In the second quarter, Florida National was able to twelve, before free throws from Dozier and Brooks jumper put the Bobcats within nine, 32-23.
- Florida National led by as many as 16, and went into the halftime break leading 42-28.
- Brooks got the Bobcats on the board to open the second half, registering a three-pointer, cutting the deficit to eleven.
- Midway through the third quarter, FNU extended their lead to 16, before Vogel capped off a 6-0 run by STU to bring the game to 51-41.
- Right before the final buzzer of the quarter, Martinez – Sanz made her first three-pointer of the game to put the score at 56-44.
- St. Thomas had to play catch-up for the entire fourth quarter, finally cutting the Florida National lead to single-digits, 65-56, with three minutes remaining after a Destiny Wilson jumper.
- Wilson added makes on free throws to bring the Bobcats within six points, with a minute remaining in the game.
- The Bobcats smartly extended the game by fouling Florida National. The Conquistadors could not capitalize on their chances at the charity stripe, allowing Dozier to net a three-point bucket to make the game 68-65.
- As tine expired in the fourth quarter, both Dozier and Wilson attempted three-pointers to tie the game. However, both fell short and the Bobcats took their first home loss of the season.
- FNU shot 44.3% from the field on 27-of-61 shooting overall but was hot from the field in the first half, hitting 52.50%.
- FNU shot 30.8% from downtown on 8-of-26 shooting.
- FNU recorded 35.3 FT% on 6-of-17 shooting overall.
- St. Thomas University hit 32.4% of its shots from the paint and 23.7% from the long range.
- Applying the pressure on the defensive side, the Conquistadors forced 17 turnovers and recorded 6 steals.
- Brianna Richardson led FNU with 23 points and she also noted 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
- Brandilyn Robertson led the Conquistadors on the boards with 14 rebounds and she also recorded 1 steal and 2 assists.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- FNU record now is 6-10 this season.
- FNU recorded its fourth on the road win of the season
- 8 players saw at least ten minutes of action for the Conquistadors.
- St. Thomas University out-rebounded Florida National 54-47 in the contest.
Florida National University
Florida National University women’s basketball team will now face #13 Dakota Wesleyan University on Wednesday, December 18th at 12:30 Am. The game will take place at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Ruy Castelo Branco – FNU – Sports Information Director
About FNU: Florida National University opened its first class on January 4th, 1988, in the city of Hialeah, Florida, as Florida International Institute under the administration of Dr. José Regueiro, Dr. María C. Regueiro and Mr. Omar Sánchez. FNU Athletic Department has more than 250 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 2013, FNU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
The mission of the Florida National University Athletic Department is to provide assistance within an athletic structure that promotes the development of a well rounded education through structured sport and competition, to develop life skills of discipline, integrity, leadership, philanthropy and social responsibility, to elevate ethnic and cultural diversity within the athletic programs, to assure equitable opportunity for all staff and student-athletes, and to make the athletic program a durable source of pride for the student population, student-athletes, alumni, university, and community of FNU.