Feb. 1, 2003
NASHVILLE, TN -- Angie Rodgers scored a career-high 25 points to lead Florida Atlantic University past Belmont University, 88-83, Saturday afternoon in Nashville, TN. FAU made its last 16 free throw attempts to preserve the victory. The win improves FAU to 8-10 overall and 6-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
FAU dominated most of the first half, and, after a three-pointer by Rodgers with 4:00 left in the half, led 42-24. Rodgers scored 14 points in the first half. Belmont (11-7, 2-5 A-Sun) responded with a 12-4 run to close the half and trailed FAU 46-36.
The Bruins opened the second half the same way they ended the first as they outscored FAU 19-7 to take a 55-53 lead with 11:52 remaining in the game. Later in the half, with FAU leading 65-64, Natalie Brown hit a three-pointer to put the Bruins in front 67-65 with 5:48 to play. That would be the last lead for Belmont as FAU scored the next six points all at the free throw line. Trineca McCleod went 4-for-4 while Rodgers hit two during the stretch.
Brown, who finished with 24 points, hit another three with 1:16 to play to cut it to an 80-78 FAU lead. After a missed three-pointer by Boyland, Williams had a steal and converted a lay-up with 17 seconds to play to make it 82-78 FAU.
FAU would score its last six points from the line to seal the victory. In all, FAU went 16-for-16 down the stretch in the final 6:58. For the game, FAU converted 22 of 26 attempts from the line. Rodgers, who leads the A-Sun in free throw percentage, made all eight of her attempts while Williams went 4-for-4. McCleod contributed a 6-for-8 effort from the line.
"I would have to say this is our most complete effort so far this year," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We got contributions from everyone today."
"I'm just so pleased with the way we were able to hang on in a tough place to play and respond like we did down the stretch," added Dugan.
Rodgers went 7-for-10 from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
FAU scored a season-high 88 points and shot 43.9 percent from the field. Belmont was held to just 27-for-70 from the field for 38.6 percent. FAU outrebounded Belmont 46-42. FAU's largest lead was 18 points while Belmont led by as many as three on more than one occasion.
McCleod finished with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Jennifer Olson added eight points off the bench while Sumika Alexander tossed in 6. Tamica Pierce, FAU's leading scorer, was held to just five points in 26 minutes of action.
Brown went 5-for-11 from beyond the arc for Belmont. Brandi Miller added 20 for the Bruins while Hollie Davis scored 14.
The win keeps FAU tied with Central Florida for first place in the A-Sun South. The Lady Owls will next host Jacksonville State February 6 at FAU Gymnasium. FAU plays six of its final nine regular season games at home.
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