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.
Florida Atlantic will wrap up its exhibition schedule on Friday evening against Nova Southeastern University. The game is currently slated for a 7 p.m. start at FAU Arena, but we recommend checking www.fausports.com for the latest information on possible time and venue changes.