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Women's Basketball 2012-13 Preview: As new FAU coach Kellie Lewis-Jay takes over the Owls program, here are 5 Questions for the upcoming season.

Originally published on 11/8/2012

by Marcus Nelson

The Florida Atlantic women's basketball team begins its first season under new coach Kellie Lewis-Jay on Friday when the Owls face Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga.

The Owls went to the Women's NIT last season, but were routed by South Florida. FAU coach Chancellor Dugan, who had been secretly fired the year before, but allowed to work for the 2011-12 season, was offered a 1-year contract, which she declined. FAU hired Lewis-Jay, an assistant coach at Nebraska, in June.

To get you ready for the season here are five questions for the Owls heading into the season.

What do players think of Lewis-Jay's coaching style?

Players say that Lewis-Jay likes to push the pace both on offense and defense. “It's a challenge, but I think it will make us better,” said junior forward Chenise Miller. “We knew things would be different on offense, so we really wanted to get ready in the off-season.”

What will the return of G Breana Turner mean to the team?

Turner missed all of last season with an injury, but is nearly back at 100 percent for her senior season. Before getting hurt last season, Turner earned preseason third-team All-Sun Belt honors. As one of two seniors on the roster, her return may give the team an emotional lift as well as having its best player back.

How big of an impact will F Chenise Miller have this season?

Miller led the Owls in scoring (10.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg) a year ago and the 6-foot transfer from Eastern Michigan will be needed to control the low blocks for the Owls.

Can Lewis-Jay keep the momentum of the program going?

FAU lost three starters and has five newcomers on Lewis-Jay's first team so last season's success won't mean much to many of the players. However, after making it to the postseason, there will be expectations to be competitive in the Sun Belt Conference.

What are the realistic expectations of the team?

Making it back to the post-season in Lewis-Jay's first season won't be easy, but the Owls should contend for being in the top half of the conference and earn a favorable seed in the conference tournament.

 

 

 

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The Download

Last year: 17-13, lost to USF 76-20 in the first round of the WNIT
Coach: Kellie Lewis-Jay (1st season at FAU, overall)
Starters returning:F Chenise Miller 6-0 Jr. (10.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) G Takia Brooks Jr. (5.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, 33 steals)
Key newcomers: G Briah Blakely 5-8, Jr.

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