Brittany Bowe had 15 points for FAU on Thursday night.
Jan. 10, 2008
The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team led by as many as nine in the second half against Middle Tennessee. But a 22-4 second half run propelled the Blue Raiders into the lead and they would not trail again as the Blue Raiders defeated FAU 79-63 on Thursday.
The Owls got off to a hot start in the first half, as FAU went on a 14-3 run to take lead, thanks to a 17 point effort by Carla Stubbs, and 11 first half rebounds by Mercedes Thompson in her first game of the year. The Owls led 36-29 at halftime.
In the second half the Owls maintained their lead, as Brittany Bowe went four-of-four from the field en route to a 15 point effort. The Owls led by as many as nine after a Jaimie Givens lay-up made the game 38-29. However, with thirteen minutes to go, Jana Momoh picked up her fifth foul. And from that point, the Blue Raiders went on a 22-4 run to take a double-digit lead they would not relinquish.
"I'm upset that we let it get away," said Head Coach Chancellor Dugan. "When you come in to Middle Tennessee you have to play a perfect game. And for a half we did that, we just weren't able to finish".
Middle Tennessee (9-7, 4-1 Sun Belt) was led by Amber Holt who had 29 points. Her supporting cast picked her up in the second half. Emily Queen had a double-double, 14 points and 15 rebounds, ten of her points came in the second half. Anne Marie Lanning added 12 points, ten of which came in the second half.
FAU (4-9, 0-4 SBC) was led by Carla Stubbs with 17 points. Three players scored double-digits, Bowe added 15 and Jaimie Givens added 13 points. The Owls and Blue Raiders were even on rebounds at 40 apiece. However, MTSU had 33 free-throw attempts, making 26 of those shots. FAU went nine of ten from the foul line.
FAU returns home on Saturday to face Troy. Tip-off is at 3 p.m.