Jan. 20, 2005
BOCA RATON - Junior Shontavia Williams had 24 points as the Florida Atlantic University Lady Owls won their third consecutive home game on Thursday evening, a 72-71 conference victory over Georgia State.
"After the way we started, it was exciting to finish out a game we worked so hard to get back in to," said Owls' head coach Chancellor Dugan.
"We took care of the ball tonight and our defense really carried us."
That Owls defense produced 21 points from 19 Panther turnovers, which helped make up for FAU's poor shooting on the night. The Owls shot 36.5% from the field and were 0-11 from three-point range while Georgia State (6-8, 4-3 Atlantic Sun) shot a respectable 49.2%.
The Panthers opened up the game with a 21-9 run thanks to some good play by reigning A-Sun Player-of-the-Year Patechia Hartman and her center April Clyburn.
FAU responded to the changes with an 11-2 run of their own and then gradually clawed their way back into contention as the half progressed, capitalizing on some sloppy play by the Panthers.
A jumper with 57 seconds remaining by Williams, who had 13 points in the half, tied the score for the first time at 38-38 before an Alisea Rucker basket gave Georgia State a 40-38 lead heading into the break.
The Owls took their first lead of the game 5:48 into the second half when freshman guard Shuteamia Brayboy, who had a career-high six assists and four steals, made a jumper to make the score 51-50.
With 11:14 remaining, an N'Diaye jumper gave the Owls (5-9, 3-4) the lead for only the third time on the night, a lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
A Mistoria Brown banker with 1:09 remaining made the score 72-69 in favor of the Owls, but two Brittany Hudson free throws quickly reduced the lead back to one.
The Owls looked to have things sewn up with 22 seconds left, but an in-bounds play ended up with a Williams turnover, giving the Panthers one last chance.
Hartman, who led Georgia State with 19 points, drove into the lane but was called for traveling as she tried to make a pass with 4.4 seconds remaining. The Panthers could not foul on the inbounds and the Owls held on for the victory.
FAU will look to make it four-in-a-row at home this Saturday night when they host Mercer at 7 p.m.
NOTES: FAU were 18-for-22 (81.8%) from the free throw line while the Panthers were 6-for-11 (54.5%)...the Owls' bench outscored the Panthers' bench 28-17.