March 2, 2005
NASHVILLE, TN - The last time Florida Atlantic University and Lipscomb University met, FAU lost a triple-overtime heartbreaker at FAU Gymnasium. In Wednesday night's rematch, the Lady Owls made sure things weren't as close down the stretch as they defeated the Bisons 67-56 at Allen Arena in Nashville, TN. The win assures FAU a berth in next week's Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. FAU never trailed as Shontavia Williams led all scorers with 25 points. Lindsey Daly led Lipscomb with 14 points.
FAU improves to 12-14 overall and 10-9 in the A-Sun while Lipscomb drops to 13-13 overall and 10-9 in the conference. The win snapped a two-game losing streak by the Lady Owls.
The first half belonged to Williams. The junior scored 21 of FAU's 36 points. The Lady Owls started strong, opening up a 24-13 lead at the 7:26 mark. The Lady Bisons chipped away and scored seven straight points to make it 24-20. Williams then made a long three-pointer to give FAU a 27-20 lead. She finished the half 9-for-12 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. The Lady Owls led 36-31 at the break. FAU's first half success was also due in large part to the fact it only committed four turnovers.
FAU built a 41-32 lead in the first 2:14 of the second half before Lipscomb went on a 5-0 run to make it 41-37 at the 14:50 mark. The Lady Owls then went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes, capped off by a three-point play by Jackie Brown, to make it 51-37 with 13:08 to play. Brown finished with 17.
The Bisons then scored eight straight points to pull within six before Brown connected from beyond the arc to make it 54-45 with 9:15 remaining. FAU continued to increase its advantage and, when Williams made her third trey at the 5:16 mark, put a cap on the game with a 63-48 lead. FAU, which never trailed, led by as many as 16 points down the stretch.
The win was FAU's first in four tries against Lipscomb. FAU outshot Lipscomb 37 percent to 30 percent while holding a 53-50 edge on the boards. Both teams committed 13 turnovers, which for FAU tied for the second fewest in a game this year.
Florida Atlantic concludes its regular season Friday afternoon when it takes on Belmont at the Curb event Center in Nashville. Tip-off is set for 3:00pm EST.