Jan. 29, 2005
DeLAND, FL - Florida Atlantic University held off a late rally by Stetson University and defeated the Hatters 67-66 Saturday afternoon in DeLand, FL. The win was FAU's fourth in a row and seventh in its last nine games. It improved the Lady Owls to 8-9 overall and 6-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Shontavia Williams led FAU with 18 points and nine rebounds. Missy Glaser added 17, and Jackie Brown scored 13.
FAU led 63-54 with 5:04 to play after Williams hit one of her three 3-pointers. From that point, the Hatters would chip away at the lead, eventually tying the game at 64 on a pair of Kristy Brown free throws with 1:30 left. Brown finished with 16 points and 21 rebounds.
With 43 seconds left, Glaser made two free throws to give FAU a 66-64 lead. Stetson's Brown came back with two more free throws to tie the game at 66 with 12.1 seconds left. With five seconds remaining, Williams was fouled on a drive to the basket and made the first of two free throws to make it 67-66. She missed the second and Kim Manning missed a 35-footer at the buzzer as FAU escaped with the win.
"This team has just continued to surprise me," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "I was pleased with our defensive intensity. We gave up some easy looks, but we forced them into some turnovers as well."
Stetson (7-9, 4-5 A-Sun) opened up an 18-14 lead with 8:58 left in the half before FAU went on a 16-2 run over the next six minutes and led 30-20 with 2:49 left in the half. The run included a three-point play by Williams at the 6:22 mark that gave FAU the lead for good at 19-18. The run also featured two treys by Glaser as FAU would take a 32-24 lead into halftime.
Kristy Brown scored two quick buckets in the first minute of the second half as Stetson closed the gap to 32-28. In FAU's next possession, Glaser knocked down a three-pointer to make it 35-28. Stetson would work the deficit down again and tied the game at 48 with 10:53 remaining.
Leading 51-50 at the 8:12 mark, FAU went on a 12-4 run, capped off by back-to-back threes by Jackie Brown and Williams to make it 63-54 with 5:04 to play.
The Hatters turned the ball over 21 times while FAU committed 16. FAU shot 30 percent for the game while the Hatters were 40 percent from the field. The Lady Owls were 9-for-28 from beyond the arc and held Stetson to 2-for-13. Both Hatter treys came from Nefertiti Walker, who finished with a game-high 20 points. Stetson outrebounded FAU 49-48.
The win kept FAU in a tie with Georgia State for third-place in the A-Sun, two games behind UCF and one game behind second-place Lipscomb.
Florida Atlantic now turns its attention to a match-up with A-Sun leader UCF. The Lady Owls host the Golden Knights Wednesday night at 7:00pm. FAU will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak to UCF that was extended after a 49-41 loss at UCF on January 3.
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