March 7, 2002
TROY, AL - Florida Atlantic University defeated Campbell University, 82-73, Thursday afternoon in Troy, AL. The game was a quarterfinal match-up in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. With the win, FAU advances to the semifinals for the second time in three years. The win also sets a new FAU Division I record with 16 victories.
The Lady Owls led by as many as nine points while the Lady Camels led just once, by one point, with 4:31 left in the first half.
FAU opened the game with a 17-8 lead 4:45 into the first half. Campbell slowly came back to take a 35-34 lead with 4:31 left in the half. FAU closed on a 12-7 run to lead 46-42 at the break. The first half featured 15 points by Stacey Hinkle, who led all scorers with 23 points in the losing cause.
With the game tied at 55 with 16:16 remaining, FAU went on a 9-2 run to take a 64-57 lead with 13:37 left in the game. Campbell then held FAU without a field goal for nearly six minutes while tying the game at 65. FAU went on a 7-2 run to lead 72-67 with 5:32 left that was capped off by a fast-break lay-up by Lee.
Campbell (13-15) would get as close as three points the rest of the way as FAU scored the last six points from the line.
"In the last three minutes, I thought our defensive intensity and our rebounding separated us," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan.
FAU outrebounded Campbell 44-39 for the game, including 22-17 in the second half. The Lady Owls grabbed 17 offensive rebounds. Campbell outshot FAU 47 percent to 46 percent. The game featured just a total of 24 turnovers with FAU committing a season-low 10.
Tamica Pierce and Kristy Halvorsen scored nine points while Julie Goad and Chantale Jones each scored eight. Angie Rodgers had seven points, including two three-pointers. Boyland scored 11 of her points in the first half as she went 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line.
"Crystal played the way I knew she could play," said Dugan. "She capitalized garbage baskets. She hit a big three and had some crucial offensive rebounds down the stretch."
Campbell's April Cromartie scored 18 points while hauling in 12 rebounds. Jarita Crump had nine points and 10 rebounds.
The win gave FAU a perfect 3-0 record over Campbell this season, their first sweep ever against the Lady Camels.
Florida Atlantic next faces the winner of the Belmont-Mercer game Friday evening at 6:00pm with the winner advancing to Saturday's championship game. A win Friday would Dugan her 200th career victory.
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