FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic women’s basketball team walked into one of the toughest venues in the nation in Alico Arena on Tuesday and came away with a 62-55 victory over Florida Gulf Coast. The FAU victory snaps a 25-game home winning streak by the Eagles (1-1), dating back to Dec. 29, 2013. It also broke a 23-game regular-season winning streak for FGCU, who is receiving votes in the Top-25 polls.
The Owls (2-0) saw top performances from Morgan Robinson, Kat Wright and Ali Gorrell with several players making clutch shots down the stretch. Robinson paved the way with 12 points while Wright contributed 11 and five rebounds. Gorrell tallied 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
After a 13-13 first quarter, the Eagles utilized their 54-percent shooting to take a 32-25 lead at the half.
An early second-half three-pointer gave FGCU its largest lead of the night at 35-25 before the Owls crafted an 11-0 run to take a lead at the 3:37 mark on a jumper by Danneal Ford. The Eagles tied the contest for the fifth time before Melinda Myers buried a three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to put FAU on top 43-40.
The fourth quarter featured five lead changes and FGCU amassed a five-point lead with 6:33 remaining. A three by Wright and layups by Myers and Ra’Kyra Gabriel erased the deficit and put the Owls up 54-52 at the 3:15 mark.
The seniors took over as Gorrell hit a basket followed by a three and a pair of free throws by Robinson to ice FAU’s 2-0 start to the 2015-16 campaign, its first 2-0 start since 1991-92.