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Osprey Women’s Basketball suffers loss at hands of FAU Owls

The Osprey women’s basketball team suffered a tough at home 75-84 loss against the FAU Owls at home on Monday.

The match started off strong with two early three-pointers by Kaila Rougier and Selma Eklund and many more three-pointer attempts throughout the first quarter. The Osprey put up a good defense, blocking three shots and left the first quarter with a close one-point lead.

Five minutes into the second quarter, Sarah Taub scored a three-pointer, followed by Guard Alexa Washington. The Ospreys got eight fouls throughout the second quarter, costing them their lead. The Ospreys left the second quarter off with a score of 28 to 30. 

Fouls persisted in the third quarter, a pattern present throughout the entire game, and they ended the quarter with five more. Despite the heavy amount of fouls, a three-pointer by Rougier was enough to regain the Ospreys the lead, followed by another three-pointer by Washington eight minutes into the quarter. 

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At the end of the third quarter, the score was 50 to 46, with the Ospreys in the lead.

When all looked bleak, Eklund managed to get a quarter-saving layup, assisted by Jayla Adams, tying the game up at 66 points and sending the game into overtime. Though Guard Lyric Swann snagged a three-pointer, it wasn’t enough to win them the game, as the game ended with a score of 75 to 84. 

The Ospreys battled it out with the Florida Atlantic University Owls during their Monday night match. (Rachel Bacchus)

Monday’s loss puts the Ospreys at a 1-2 win-to-loss record. Coach Erika Lambert said that while the team focuses on three-point shots, their performance in that category isn’t what lost them the game.

“Yes, 3-point shooting is a huge part of our offense,” she said. “We want to make about 11 a game, we’d love to be 11 for 33. That’s our goal.” 

Asked about the team’s high number of fouls, 25 total by the end of the game, Lambert had this to say:

 “One of the limitations we are aware of with our roster is size. FAU out-matches us in size and every position again tonight, and we battled,” she said. “But down the stretch, I thought that was our Achilles heel.” 

The women’s team hopes to have a better performance down the line in their away match against the Gonzaga University Bulldogs in Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday. 

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Rachel Bacchus
Rachel Bacchus, General Assignment Reporter
Rachel Bacchus is the current General Assignment Reporter at Spinnaker but also volunteers as a photographer. Rachel is a young photographer and writer working towards her Degree in Multimedia Journalism. She is primarily interested in sports photography and political journalism.

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