Ruben Palacios/staff writer
The FIU women’s basketball team traveled to Troy, Ala., and picked up their third straight victory with a 56-39 win against conference foe Troy on Feb.14. With the win, the Panthers improve to 16-9 (10-6 SBC) while the Trojans drop to 5-19 (2-13 SBC).
In the wake of a matchup against Western Kentucky, one of the top teams in the conference, FIU avoided falling into a trap game with a fast start out of the gate against the Trojans. FIU did not allow Troy to convert on a basket until the 13 minute mark of the first half, at that point FIU built a 10-2 lead.
The first half was all FIU; they led by as many as 26 points and headed into the locker room with a 37-14 lead.
Troy came out strong in the second half; they went on a 10-3 run to cut the FIU lead to 16. The Trojans fought back and would eventually cut the deficit to 13 points, but FIU regained control late and held on to the 56-39 victory.
Junior Jerica Coley led all scorers with 25 points on 9 of 20 shooting from the field and a perfect 7 of 7 from the free throw line. The All-America candidate has now scored in double-figures in 23 consecutive games and in 81 of 91 career contest.
Joanna Harden led the way for the Trojans with 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Next in line for the Trojans was Dominique Ross, who added 8 points to go along with 6 rebounds.
For the game, FIU shot 39 percent from the field, while Troy shot just 29 percent from the field. The Panthers won the rebounding battle and also won the turnover margin.
The Panthers hit the floor again when they return to the friendly confines of the U.S. Century Bank Arena on Feb.16 to face off against conference opponent Western Kentucky.