Feb. 15, 2003
BOCA RATON - Sumika Alexander spotted up at the top of the key, received a pass from Angie Rodgers, and sank the winning basket with two seconds remaining to give Florida Atlantic University an 81-79 victory over Gardner-Webb University, Saturday night, in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
The victory improves FAU's record to 11-11 overall and a keeps them tied atop the A-Sun South with the best record in league play. GWU falls to 3-19 overall and 2-9 in A-Sun competition.
"We were lucky to come away with a win," said Chancellor Dugan, FAU's head coach. "Sumika (Alexander) played solid all night, but I'm concerned with our defense."
FAU opened the game solid and forced GWU into early foul trouble, which paid dividends late in the game. The Lady Owls held the lead until 6:41 remaining in the half when a steal and lay-up put the Lady Bulldogs up for the first time at 27-26. GWU would end the first half on a 16-11 run for a 41-37 halftime advantage.
The Lady Owls opened the second half of play by taking control of the game in just under two minutes. The lead would change six times before GWU would tie the contest with just 21 seconds remaining on a three-pointer by Ruth Hammond, her only basket of the night.
FAU then inbounded the ball, moved up the court, and appeared to be setting up Rodgers, who found herself blanketed by defenders. Rodgers dished to Alexander, just two feet away, whose jumper fell just prior to the buzzer to give FAU the two-point win.
FAU was led by Tamica Pierce, who scored 17 quiet points and was credited with three assists. Alexander had 10 points, including the game-winning basket. DeeAnna Hanscom had a game-high 10 rebounds and six blocks.
FAU will next host Central Florida on February 22 in a battle between the top two teams in the A-Sun South. FAU will try to avenge an earlier 77-62 loss at UCF in early January.