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Women's Basketball Blasts Stetson

Jan. 9, 2003

DeLAND, FL -- Crystal Boyland entered Thursday night's game as Florida Atlantic University's leading scorer over the past four games. She continued her strong play with a career night as she led FAU (3-9, 1-0 Atlantic Sun Conference) to an 86-70 victory over Stetson (1-11, 0-1 A-Sun) in DeLand, FL.

Boyland posted career highs with 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was her second career double-double and first this season. Tamica Pierce had 15 points while Shonavia Williams had 12. DeeAnna Hanscom added 10 points in the victory.

Florida Atlantic and Boyland set the tone early as the senior scored 10 of FAU's first 14 points to held give the Lady Owls a 14-8 lead with 13:22 left in the first half. Leading 23-14, FAU would take control with a 14-2 run that would result in a 37-16 advantage with 4:07 left in the half. Boyland added six more points during the run and finished the first half with 16 points. FAU would go to the locker room with a 43-26 lead.

Stetson would close the gap to 15 points early in the second half before a 14-4 run by the Lady Owls pushed the lead to 25 points at 59-34 with 13:11 left in the game. FAU would take its largest lead at the 6:57 mark when two free throws by Boyland gave the Lady Owls a 73-46 lead. Stetson would get as close as 14 points with less than a minute remaining.

Boyland finished 9-for-10 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line. As a team, FAU went 31-for-69 from the field for 44.9 percent while holding the Hatters to just 23-for-73 shooting (31.5 percent). The Lady Owls committed just 13 turnovers while forcing 20 miscues by Stetson.

Stetson, which never led, was led by Joslyn Giles' 23 points. Kristy Brown had 19 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.

Florida Atlantic next plays at Jacksonville Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm. The game can be heard live on WLVJ 1040-AM.



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