Nov. 22, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL – The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid and defeated Eastern Kentucky 60-57 on Monday night at the FAU Arena.
Lyrell Barfield saw her first action of the season after missing the first four games with an injury to her shooting hand. The lone senior on the FAU roster had to shake off some rust but tied for a team-high with 11 points. The preseason All-Sun Belt selection also added six rebounds and a game-high four steals.
“We have a lot more maturity on the floor when she plays,” said head coach Chancellor Dugan. “When she is out there she provides another calming presence for the ladies to look to when the game gets tight.”
The Owls (2-3) were faced with several pressure situations on Monday as they faced a 26-20 deficit at halftime after shooting just 22.9% (8-for-35) in the opening stanza.
The Lady Colonels (1-3) opened up the second half on a 6-3 run to extend their lead to 32-23, the largest of the night for either team. FAU responded however and ran off eight unanswered points to pull back into the game at 32-31.
Kimberly Smith hit her only field goal of the night with 8:50 remaining to give FAU their first lead of the second half at 41-40.
Down the stretch, FAU was able to convert from the free-throw line to help ice the game and snap their longest losing streak of the young season. The Owls went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe in the second half after making just 53% of their free-throws overall heading into the game.
All-time, FAU evened their record to 2-2 against Eastern Kentucky. Dugan, a former EKU standout from 1978-82, improved to 2-1 all-time coaching against her alma mater.
Barfield, Vontrice Dennis and April Goins led the way for FAU with 11 points each. Dennis also recorded 10 rebounds to tally her third double-double of the season. Teri Stamps had 10 points, all in the second half, to go along with five assists. The point guard did not commit a turnover in the game.
The Owls will take Tuesday off before returning to practice on Wednesday in preparation for the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament.
FAU takes on host Miami in the opening round on Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. Live audio will be available on www.fausports.com.