Nov. 7, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 79-63, Sunday afternoon in an exhibition at FAU Gymnasium. Sharia Young led FAU with 13 points while Callie Piper added 11. FGCU shot 44 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc, and led by as many as 19 points.
FAU led very early in the game and held a 9-8 advantage at the 16:01 mark before the Eagles went on a 15-2 run. All of its points during the stretch were on three-pointers as FGCU connected on seven of its first nine long-range attempts. The run gave the Eagles a 23-11 lead with 12:18 left in the first half.
The Lady Owls battled back to within 30-26 on a three-pointer by Cedrica Yapp at the 7:44 mark. The Eagles responded with a 17-3 run to close the half with a 47-29 lead.
FAU would only get as close as 10 points in the second half as it was held to just 35 percent shooting on the day. FAU did make the most of its three-point attempts, connecting six times in 11 tries. Young, who has the highest three-point field goal percentage in FAU history, made all four of her attempts from beyond the arc.
FGCU was led by Megan Jones, who finished with 25 points. Jennifer Santana added 18, Candy Myers 15, and Tatyana Duverglas 13.
"We shot ourselves in the foot offensively," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We tried to make spectacular passes instead of just settling for easy shots."
Dugan said she was pleased with her team's defensive effort in the second half, holding FGCU to just nine field goals.
"This is the type of game that tells us what we need to work on. We'll fix it. I'm glad we have two weeks to prepare."
The exhibition was the only one for FAU prior to its November 19 season opener at Middle Tennessee.
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