Feb. 16, 2002
TROY, AL - Florida Atlantic University maintained second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 71-62 victory Saturday against Troy State University in Troy, AL. Kristy Halvorsen led FAU with 14 points and 15 rebounds while Janka Deckerova added 14 points as the Lady Owls improved to 13-11 overall and 11-5 in the A-Sun. The win keeps FAU in second place, one game behind Belmont.
FAU opened the game with a 12-4 lead but fell behind by three points with 10:10 left in the half. Trailing 24-22 with 3:44 remaining before halftime, FAU closed on a 10-2 run to lead 32-26 at the break. A three-pointer by Deckerova as time expired gave FAU the six-point lead
The Lady Owls increased their advantage to a 52-40 lead with 9:05 left after a three-pointer by Deckerova. TSU (8-15, 7-9 A-Sun) responded with an 8-2 run and closed to within 62-59 with 2:32 to play. That was as close as the Trojans would get as the Lady Owls opened up as much as an 11-point lead.
"The key today was Kristy Halvorsen playing as hard as she did in the first half," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan as Halvorsen had 12 points and eight rebounds at the break. "Her leadership and intensity got the rest the team going in the second half."
Tamica Pierce scored 13 for FAU including a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. Pierce is 10-of-10 in the past two games. Crystal Boyland added 11 while Angie Rodgers scored all 10 of her points in the second half.
"This was an important victory for our psyche," said Dugan. "To be able to go back home feeling good about ourselves with two tough games to wrap up our home schedule is big."
For the game, FAU outshot Troy State 43 percent to 34 percent. TSU struggled from the outside with 3-of-21 shooting from beyond the arc. Kerri Fiehrer led the Trojans with 17 points.
The victory set a new FAU record for conference road wins in a season. The Lady Owls are now 6-2 in such games while the previous mark was five wins two years ago, Dugan's first as head coach.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Stetson February 21 in Boca Raton.
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