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.