Shontavia Williams had 25 points to lead the Owls.
Nov. 6, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL -- The exhibition season started in dramatic fashion on Sunday evening when Florida Atlantic University found its self on the wrong side of a 69-67 loss to Florida Gulf Coast University.
FGCU guard Jessica Hathaway drove inside and converted on a tough layup with 4.1 seconds remaining in the game to put the Eagles on top. The Owls had a chance to win as Brittney Crenshaw's three-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer.
The Eagles jumped ahead of the Owls early as they held a 12-4 lead with 13:33 left in the first half before FAU mounted a 10-2 run to knot it up at 14. The Owls recorded their first lead when Missy Glaser dropped in lay-up at the 6:40 mark giving FAU a 23-21 advantage. Glaser had six points to go along with 6 rebounds on the evening.
FGCU held a 37-32 lead at the break. The Owls stepped up their defensive intensity in the second-half as they forced the Eagles into 30 turnovers on the night.
Senior guard Shontavia Williams scored 13 of her 25 points in the second session. She was 9-of-19 from the field and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.
The Owls held their biggest lead of the night at 61-56 with 7:24 left in the game. FGCU completed its comeback by going on a 13-6 run to close out the contest.
Kate Schrader led the Eagles with 25 points and Candy Myers added 17 for the victors.