Florida International Drops Troy 56-39

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TROY, Ala. – The Troy women’s basketball team couldn’t find an offensive rhythm and fell at home to FIU, 56-39, on Thursday night. The loss came on the heels of an overtime win at Sun Belt leader Middle Tennessee.

Troy (5-19, 2-13) trailed at halftime, 37-14, after making just six field goals and committing 14 turnovers. The Trojans had a chance to cut the lead down to 10 halfway through the second half, but FIU (16-9, 10-6) went on a 12-2 run to ice the game.

“When you’re rebuilding a program, a step forward usually is followed by a step or two backward,” Troy head coach Chanda Rigby said. “We just have to put this behind us and come to practice ready to take another step forward against North Texas.

Reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week Joanna Harden led the Trojans with 12 points while Dominique Ross scored eight points, all as Troy cut into the deficit in the second half.

The 39 points were the fewest scored by the Trojans this season as they came in averaging 73.7 per game, the best mark in the Sun Belt and 16th best in the NCAA.

FIU was led by Jerica Coley, the nation’s leading scorer, who scored 25 points and was the only Panther in double figures. FIU’s 56 points were the fewest allowed by the Trojans this season.

Troy finished just 29.4 percent (15-of-51) from the floor and a season-low 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from deep. Troy held FIU to 39.7 percent (23-of-58) while the Panthers also made just one 3-pointer on 1-of-9 shooting from deep.

Troy outrebounded the bigger FIU squad, 39-35, as Troy’s Kourtney Coleman pulled down a game-high nine boards to go with seven points.

The Trojans finished with 22 turnovers while FIU committed 18.

The Trojans return to the court on Saturday when they host North Texas at 5 p.m. at Trojan Arena. The game will be televised on the Sun Belt Network, airing on CSS/CST and ESPN3. The game will also mark Troy’s annual Play4Kay game to promote breast cancer awareness.

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