Jan. 3, 2008
A late 8-0 run by South Alabama forced the Florida Atlantic Women's Basketball team to play catch up Thursday night. The Owls were unable to catch up as FAU falls to the Lady Jags 72-62 at FAU Arena.
FAU struggled offensively in the early going, as South Alabama led by as many as ten late in the second half. But a late three-pointer by Carla Stubbs cut the Jaguar lead to 30-23 at halftime.
From there FAU would cut the lead to three after a jumper by Jana Momoh to make it 30-27. The Owls would get as close as one after a Stubbs lay-up cut South Alabama's lead to 45-44. But FAU would get no closer as the Jags went push the lead to 50-44 on a lay-up by Shakira Nettles who led USA in scoring with 18 points. After FAU cut the lead again to two at 52-50 on a Brittany Bowe lay-up, South Alabama went on an 8-0 run thanks to threes by Amanda Leonard and Monique Jones to put the game out of reach.
"We just didn't do a good job covering the perimeter," said Head Coach Chancellor Dugan. "We let their players get too many wide open looks."
FAU was led by Stubbs, who led all scorers with 18 points. Three other players scored double-digits for the Owls, including Brittany Bowe who had 14 points and seven assists, Breana Cox added 14 points of her own and Jaimie Givens poured in 12. The Owls shot 54.8 percent from the field in the second half but were outrebounded by the Jags 47-39.
South Alabama was led by Nettles' 17 points. Five players scored double figures, Jeannette Tucker and Jones scored 14 and 13 respectively, Leonard scored 11 points on three of five shooting beyond the arc. The Jaguars improve to 11-3 overall, 2-1 in the Sun Belt.
FAU falls to 4-7 and 0-2 in the Sun Belt. Their next action is on Saturday afternoon when they face Florida International in Miami at 5:15 p.m.