March 4, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University withstood a late rally and defeated Stetson University, 72-66, Thursday night in Boca Raton, FL. The Lady Owls trailed just once and led by 12 points with 6:41 to go before the Hatters pulled to as close as two with under a minute to play. However, Shontavia Williams went 4-for-4 from the line in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory for FAU. Jackie Brown led four Lady Owls in double-figures with 17 points as FAU improved to 11-15 overall and 10-9 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Kristy Brown led all scorers with 20 points as Stetson dropped to 12-14 on the year and 10-9 in the A-Sun.
FAU, which already had clinched a berth in the A-Sun Tournament heading into the game, controlled things early on and led 24-8 with 9:43 left in the first half. The Hatters then went on a 9-0 run and trailed 24-17 at the 7:45 mark. Cristal Randolph, who finished with 11 points, helped spark a 7-0 FAU run with a three-pointer. She capped it off with a pair of free throws with under six minutes left in the half to give FAU a 31-17 lead. The Lady Owls went into halftime with a 36-31 lead.
In the second half, Kristy Brown completed a three-point play with 17:09 remaining to pull Stetson within 41-39. A three-pointer by Sharia Young capped off a four-point spurt as FAU increased its lead to 45-39. Stetson came right back and drew to within 53-52 with 10:20 to play.
FAU then went on an 11-0 run in hopes of putting the game away with a 64-52 lead with 6:41 remaining. Again, the Hatters clawed back with a 14-4 run and trailed 68-66 with 43 seconds left. That would be the last of Stetson's scoring as Williams preserved the win with the late free throws.
Young finished with 13 points while Williams tallied 12. Young and Randolph each made three three-pointers while Randolph led the team with seven rebounds.
FAU shot 43 percent compared to 42 percent for Stetson. FAU went an efficient 8-for-15 from beyond the arc while both teams pulled down 34 rebounds.
The win means FAU can finish with as high as a no. 5 seed in the A-Sun Tournament, March 11-13, in Dothan, AL.
Florida Atlantic concludes its regular season Saturday night against Jacksonville. The game will be the last at home for seniors Janka Deckerova, Corinth Evans, Julie Goad, DeeAnna Hanscom, and Trineca McCleod.
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