Jan. 12, 2006
Johnson City, TN-- For the first time of the season Florida Atlantic University won a conference road game beating ETSU, 79-71, on Thursday night at the Memorial Center. The win lifted the Owls' record to 4-1 in the conference and 5-7 overall as the Bucs fall to 9-4 and 5-1 in the A-Sun.
Williams buried one of her two threes in the half to give FAU its largest lead of the session, 16-7, at the 10:32 mark. The Owls shot 48.1% (13-27) in the half, including three triples on seven attempts.
After trailing for most of the half, the Bucs took their first lead, 29-28, with 2:20 left in the frame as Kelly Turman deposited a pair of free throws. Candace Gibson scored 12 points in the stanza to help give the ETSU a 35-34 advantage at the break.
The Owls' defense was able to contain able to contain the A-Sun's second leading scorer, B.J. Banjo to just seven points in the first half. She entered the night averaging 21.5 points per game and finished the game with just 13 points.
"I am so proud of the way we played tonight," head coach Chancellor Dugan said."The effort was simply amazing by the entire team and it is a great feeling going on the road to get a win."
FAU came out storming in the second half, ripping off a 17-4 run in the first six minutes of action to hold a 51-42 lead.
The Owls held their largest lead of the night, 63-53, but the Bucs went on a 13-2 run capped off by Gibson's stick-back jumper to take the lead, 66-65, with 4:17 remaining.
Missy Glaser answered with a three-ball to put the Owls right back on top, 68-66, at the 3:53 mark. ETSU never led again as the Owls scored 11 of the game's final 15 points.
Glaser was clutch down the stretch, connecting on 4-6 free throws in the final 40 seconds of play to preserve the win. She finished with a season-high 19 points.
Williams added 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and Cristal Randolph scored in double-digits for the second straight game with 10 points. Shuteamia Brayboy tied her career-high with seven rebounds.
Gibson led all scorers with 21 points and Micelle DeVault dropped in 19 for the Bucs.
The Owls will continue their road swing on Saturday afternoon as they invade Kennesaw State at 2:00 pm. Fans can hear all the action on www.fausports.com