Feb. 7, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University continued to be one of the hottest teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference Monday night. Down by as many as 19 points, the Lady Owls stormed back to defeat Stetson University 77-74 in a key A-Sun game at FAU Gymnasium. Shontavia Williams scored 20 of her game-high 29 points in the second half, and Jackie Brown broke a 72-72 tie with 20 seconds left with what turned out to be the game-winning three-pointer from the right wing. The win evens FAU's overall record at 10-10 and improves the team to 8-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Stetson (8-11, 5-7 A-Sun) was in complete control of the game early on and led 36-17 at the 6:03 mark of the first half. Nerfertiti Walker scored 15 of her team-high 24 points during the stretch. FAU picked away at the deficit and ended the half on an 8-2 run and trailed 42-31 at the break.
FAU pulled to within six points with 15:37 remaining before Stetson went on an 11-4 run and led 57-44 at the 10:17 mark.
The Lady Owls then put together their biggest run of the night, scoring 12 straight points. Missy Glaser started it with a trey, and Williams followed with consecutive three-pointers of her own. Glaser then made three free throws to make it 57-56 with 7:27 remaining.
A jumper by Sally N'Diaye at the 6:22 mark gave FAU its first lead at 61-59. It was a lead the Lady Owls would never relinquish. Williams hit back-to-back jumpers to push the lead to 65-60 with five minutes remaining. FAU led by as many as seven before Stetson used an 8-1 run to tie the game at 72 with 1:03 left.
Both teams turned the ball over on their next possession, setting up Brown's trey with 20 seconds left that made it 75-72. Walker went 2-for-2 from the line with seven seconds left to make it 75-74 before Sharia Young was fouled and made a pair at the other end with six seconds left. Walker then missed a desperation three-pointer from the right wing as time expired.
"I thought our conditioning was probably the biggest reason why we were able to overcome that deficit," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "I've been telling our team since day one that there won't be another team in better shape than us. It pays off in games like this."
"I also know that those two close games we lost back in December against Lipscomb and Belmont are still in the backs of our minds," she added. "Our players are determined to finish games as a result."
FAU shot 58 percent from the field in the second half and finished 46 percent on the night. Stetson was 51 percent overall. The Hatters outrebounded the Lady Owls 35-24 but committed 27 turnovers compared to FAU's 18.
Williams went 10-for-14 from the field and made a career-high four treys in five attempts. FAU finished 8-for-20 from beyond the arc. Jackie Brown finished with 10 points, and Mistoria Brown added eight.
Once 1-7, FAU has won nine of its past 12 games. In the A-Sun, FAU has won eight of its past 10 and will be no lower than fourth place after Monday's games are complete.
Florida Atlantic next faces Mercer Thursday night in Macon, GA. The game tips at 7:00pm and can be heard live on WLVJ 1040-AM and www.fausports.com.