Feb. 16, 2006
Jacksonville, FL - Amanda Bulin scored 15 points and recorded nine rebounds to lead Florida Atlantic University to a 62-59 win over Jacksonville on Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium. FAU (13-9, 12-3) has tied its best conference win total since the 2002-03 season.
"It wasn't our best night tonight," head coach Chancellor Dugan said. "We didn't shoot the ball very well, but I am extremely proud of the way we stuck together to get the win."
Cristal Randolph gave the Owls an 18-15 lead as she buried one of her three first half triples with 9:10 left in the opening stanza. The Owls led 25-20 at the 4:45 mark, but JU scored 10 of the final 15 points of the frame to tie the score at 30 at the break.
The first half was played very closely as it featured five lead changes and five ties. After holding a 9-2 lead 3:18 into the game, the Owls went cold from the floor shooting just 25.6 % (11-43) in the first 20 minutes of action.
Ashley Williams led JU with eight points in the first half and the Dolphins exploited the Owls transition defense with 12 fast break points in the first session.
Shuteamia Brayboy recorded seven, of her career-high nine steals in the first half for FAU.
JU tied the game at 51 with 4:46 remaining as Regina Omoite converted two of her eight points on the night.
With 4.9 seconds remaining Missy Glaser cashed in a pair of clutch free throws to put the Owls on top 62-59, and Sheena Carpenter's triple-try at the buzzer was no good.
Freshman Breana Cox added seven points and seven boards off the bench for the Owls. The Owls' "bench bunch" contributed 32 points on the night.
Ashley Williams led the Dolphins with 19 points and DaVina Hamilton added 10 of her own.
The Owls will be back in action on Saturday against the Ospreys of North Florida. Tip-time is set for 2:00 p.m
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