March 6, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University used a dominating first half en route to a 78-54 victory over Jacksonville University, Thursday night, in Boca Raton, FL. FAU stormed out to a 39-12 lead and never looked back as it improved to 13-13 on the year and 11-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The 24-point win was FAU's largest this season.
FAU took control from the outset with an 11-1 run to start the game. Five different Lady Owls scored in that opening run as the rout was on. Leading 15-5 with 15:00 left in the half, FAU scored 11 straight points and put together a 15-2 run to lead 30-7 at the 9:43 mark. JU (6-20, 4-11 A-Sun) didn't make its first field goal until the 10:44 mark of the first half.
FAU would increase its margin to 39-12 with 5:43 left in the half on a lay-up by Olson. Deckerova also helped the FAU cause in the first half with three three-pointers in four attempts. FAU led at the half, 49-26.
Overall, FAU dominated the first half with 20-for-37 shooting for 54.1 percent. JU was held to just four field goals in 20 attempts in the opening half. Of JU's 26 first half points, 17 were from the line. JU committed 20 first half turnovers.
FAU was able to maintain its cushion for the remainder of the game as JU was only able to get as close as 19 points the rest of the way. Neither team shot particularly well in the second half as JU went 42.1 percent from the field and FAU shot 30.0 percent.
For the game, FAU went 43.3 percent from the field while holding JU to just 30.8 percent. FAU outrebounded JU 44-26 and forced the Dolphins into 34 turnovers.
"I thought Janka did a great job being patient and moved well with the ball and without the ball trying to get open," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "Her teammates were looking to get the ball to her."
Deckerova has made three treys in each of her last two games and has gone 9-for-16 from beyond the arc over the past four games.
"It was also nice to see DeeAnna out there playing well, and Jennifer had an excellent game as well," added Dugan.
JU was led by Kat Sungy, who scored 17 points. Tara Eddy had 11 while Katie McDonald had 10.
The win guarantees FAU no worse than a no. 3 seed out of the South Division in next week's A-Sun Tournament. A win for FAU on Saturday secures the Lady Owls a no. 2 seed. FAU is currently tied with Troy State for second-place in the South, one game behind leader UCF.
Florida Atlantic concludes its regular season Saturday night when it hosts Stetson University.
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