Jan. 19, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University closed the game on a 14-4 run to upset visiting Belmont University, 72-70, Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton, FL. Chantale Jones led the Lady Owls with 16 points as FAU improved to 7-9 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The loss was the Bruins' first in A-Sun play as they fell to 12-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference.
"I was so pleased with our effort today," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We never quit and never hung or heads. It was just an all-around great comeback against the league's top team."
FAU trailed 66-58 with 4:25 left in the game after a pair of free throws by BU's Chasity Campbell. A jumper by LaKeita Lee with 4:01 left pulled the Lady Owls to within six points. A three-point play by Lee with 3:36 left drew FAU to within 66-63. A lay-up by Tamica Pierce with 3:04 to play closed the gap to just one point before a pair of free throws by Jones completed a 9-0 run that gave FAU a 67-66 lead with 2:42 remaining. It was FAU's first lead since halftime.
Trailing 68-67, Pierce scored her only other field goal with 1:57 left to give FAU a lead it would never surrender. Forty-six seconds later, Kristy Halvsoren scored on an inbounds play that gave FAU a 71-68 lead. A free throw by Jones and a field goal by Campbell accounted for the game's final points. Belmont was unable to get a shot off in its final possession.
Jones finished the game 4-of-4 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line. She dished out a game-high seven assists. Halvorsen added 12 points along with nine rebounds. Crystal Boyland also chipped in nine points while Lee scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Pierce, who entered the game as the A-Sun's leading scorer with 18.4 points per game, was held to just four points.
Belmont was led by Candice Mitchell's game-high 18 points. Campbell added 11 while Natalie Brown had 10.
FAU led 36-35 at the half and outscored the Bruins by that same margin in the second half. The Lady Owls took advantage of 50 percent shooting while Belmont managed just 36 percent, including 5-of-26 from beyond the arc. FAU also won the battle of the boards by a 44-42 margin.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Georgia State January 24 in Atlanta, GA.