Jan. 21, 2009
Brittany Bowe tied her career-high of 23 points and Jessica Knurick got her third double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds as Florida Atlantic University notched their third straight win, defeating ULM 76-63 at FAU Arena on Wednesday.
Both teams shot well in the first half. FAU made 15 of 32 shots from the field and got a career-high effort from Teri Stamps. She scored 11 first half points, however, the Owls had a tough time with Warhawk forward Sannisha Williams, who scored 12 points. Despite shooting 50 percent in the first half (13-26), ULM was down 38-36 at intermission.
ULM would fight their way into the lead in the second half. Sumar Leslie knocked down a three-pointer to give the Warhawks their biggest lead at 48-44 with 12:37 left. FAU responded with a 7-0 run to retake the lead. Three straight baskets by Knurick put FAU back on top at 50-48. The game would stay tight until the final minutes until, with 1:24 left and FAU leading 67-63, Bowe drove inside and hit a runner off glass to give the Owls a 69-63 lead. Bowe would score the final seven points of the game on free-throws to seal the win.
Williams led the Warhawks (11-8, 4-4 Sun Belt) with 21 points. Jesse Carrier scored 15 points. However, ULM got cold in the second half, only shooting 10-35 (28 percent) from the field. The Warhawks turned the ball over 19 times.
Four players scored double-digits for FAU (7-11, 4-4 SBC) led by Bowe's 23 points. Carla Stubbs scored 15 points and Stamps ended up with 13. FAU out rebounded ULM 41-40 and picked up 16 offensive boards.
The Owls go on the road to face Arkansas State on Sunday, January 25 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on CSS (Channel 32 in the Palm Beach County Market, Channel 65 in the Miami/Dade County Market, and Channel 41 in Broward County). Live audio will also be provided beginning at 12:45 p.m. on www.fausports.com.