Senior guard Lyrell Barfield paced four double figure scorers with 21 points in Saturday's Pink Zone Game loss to Louisiana-Lafayette
Feb. 12, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team learned how quickly momentum - and the lead - can change in a Sun Belt Conference game in Saturday afternoon's Pink Zone Game at the FAU Arena.
One minute, with the Owls were leading University of Louisiana-Lafayette by five points, 43-38, with 16:25 left in the game. Nearly a minute later, the Ragin' Cajuns had taken the lead and held on for an 85-78 victory.
The loss overshadowed one of FAU's most productive games, with four double-figure scorers and one of its highest point totals of the season.
Florida Atlantic falls to 6-18 on the season and 3-10 in conference play, while the Ragin' Cajuns improved to 11-14 overall and 4-8 in SBC action. The team will return to the court next Saturday, February 19, for a rematch with South Florida rival FIU in Miami.
"They (ULL) played hard early in the second half and were able to hit some shots," said Chancellor Dugan, FAU's head women's basketball coach. "I thought we did a good job defending them in the first half."
The Owls connected on 56 percent of its first half 3-point field goals to enjoy a 35-30 halftime lead. The lead stretched to eight points, 40-32, following a layup by Teri Stamps with 18:26 left in the game. And, the team was still in control by five points, 43-38, after Vontrice Dennis' jump shot with 16:25. That's when the visiting Ragin' Cajuns made their move, scoring the next six points to take its first lead, 44-43, with 15:08 remaining - the team's first advantage since the game's opening minute.
Thereafter, Louisiana-Lafayette turned the tables by making five triples en route to a 55-point second half offensive performance. The team built an 11-point advantage, 80-69, with 1:44 remaining after two free throws by Nicole Morris. However, a 7-0 run led by FAU guard Lyrell Barfield made it a one-possession game in the final minute. The senior guard connected on a 3-point field goal, two free throws and a basket after successive ULL turnovers. The Owls trailed by four points, 80-76, with one minute left in the contest.
Barfield led FAU with 21 points, marking the fourth straight game she has scored in double figures and led the team while coming off the bench. Dennis, a junior post player, added 11 points and had eight rebounds, while freshman forward Chaquera Kent tallied a career-high 11 points. Junior forward April Goins rounded out the host's double-figure scorers with 10 points. The final total marked only the third time this season that the team has scored 78 or more points in a game, the last coming in 79-67 victory over Western Kentucky University on Jan. 29 at the FAU Arena.
The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball program joined a nationwide effort to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer awareness project by hosting the annual Pink Zone Game. FAU players wore pink jerseys for the game and all proceeds from the game will support cancer research efforts.