Nov. 18, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - Hot shooting paved the way for success as the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team shot 43 percent from the floor to earn a commanding 77-52 home victory over Webber International University on Friday night at the FAU Arena in Boca Raton.
The Owls improve to 2-1 on the season, with both victories coming on their home court. The team returns to The Burrow on Sunday, November 20, when it hosts another Florida opponent, Bethune-Cookman University, starting at 2 p.m. FAU players and coaches will conduct an instructional clinic after the game for youth girls and boys players.
"We were able to play within ourselves tonight and once again had a balanced attack," said Chancellor Dugan, FAU's head women's basketball coach. "There are still areas we need to improve on to meet the challenges that are ahead this season."
FAU grabbed momentum of the game with a 27-6 run over a nine-minute stretch of the first half to take a 47-29 halftime lead. Senior guard Teri Stamps made two 3-point field goals on consecutive offensive possessions to give the Owls a 29-19 lead at the 7:47 mark. Stamps finished the game with a season-high 12 points.
Senior guard DaLita Scott scored the next four points, and free throws by sophomore post player Chenise Miller and senior forward April Goins moved FAU on top 36-19 with 5:06 remaining in the first half. The hosts held the Warriors scoreless for four minutes after a jumper by Kadejah Maple at the 8:02 mark.
The team placed three players in double figures, led by sophomore guard Latavia Dempsey with 13 points. It marked the third straight game that the St. Petersburg native has come off the bench to score in double digits.
Scott added 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor, while Stamps chipped in 12 points. Goins scored nine points and senior forward Mariana Byczkowski posted a career-high eight points to round out the balanced scoring attack in the victory.
Miller grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds as the Owls held a 48-34 margin in that statistical category. She added five points offensively.
Webber International, which fell to 0-4 on the season, was paced by Sarah Dileonardo's 16 points while Samantha Harvey had 10 points.
Live statistics and audio of Sunday's game can be found at www.fausports.com. For season and single-game tickets call the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.