Feb. 21, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL-- Florida Atlantic University moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference Thursday with a convincing 80-49 victory over visiting Stetson University. Sumika Alexander led FAU with 13 points while Kristy Halvorsen grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds. The win, coupled with a loss by Belmont, moves FAU into a first-place tie with the Bruins with three games remaining in the regular season. FAU improved to 14-11 on the year and 12-5 in the A-Sun.
The game was close early on before FAU broke a 12-12 tie with 11:58 remaining in the first half with a 31-6 run to close the first half. The Lady Owls would lead 43-18 at the half and would never look back.
Despite scoring just eight points, Halvorsen played a key role in FAU's 67-46 domination on the boards.
"Kristy played an outstanding game on the boards," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "Her shots weren't falling at the beginning of the game, but she turned to rebounding for her team, and that was the difference tonight. Stetson is a big team down low and for us to outrebound them says a lot about our team's heart and how hard they worked."
Halvorsen is averaging 16.5 rebounds over the past two game and is the reigning A-Sun Player-of-the-Week. Earlier in the day, the senior was named to the CoSIDA District III Academic All-America Second Team.
FAU outshot Stetson 34 percent to 28 percent and held the Hatters to just 20 percent shooting in the first half. Stetson missed all 15 of its three-point attempts. The 49 points scored by the Hatters were the fewest by an FAU opponent this season.
Ja'net Smith led Stetson with 12 points while Kaisa Tuure added 11. The Hatters fell to 11-13 overall and 10-7 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Owls have won eight of their past 10 games and have a favorable schedule the rest of the way. The combined A-Sun record of their three opponents is 10-39 while the same record for Belmont's remaining opponents is 31-21.
FAU's 12 A-Sun victories ties the school record set two years ago in Dugan's first season at the helm of the Lady Owls. That was also the year the team had its best season since moving to Division I with 15 wins. Dugan is also three wins shy of 200 for her career.
Florida Atlantic closes out its home schedule Saturday at 3:00pm against Jacksonville. Halvorsen and Jones will be recognized before the game as part of Senior Day.
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