Dec. 6, 2007
Brittany Bowe's two free-throws at the end made it a two possession game for the Florida Atlantic women's basketball as they defeated Eastern Michigan 75-71 at FAU Arena Thursday night.
Both teams took advantage of runs, the Eagles got off to a fast start early. Eastern went on an 11-2 run midway through the first half and after a three-pointer by Alyssa Pittman, the eagles led 23-14. Down by nine, FAU fought back, as they were led by Jaimie Givens' 19 points, a 14-2 run at the end of the half for the Owls gave FAU a 33-30 lead at intermission.
FAU continued with a hot start in the second half. The Owls lead was as high as 11 after a jumper by Bowe made it 51-40 with 12:52 in the second half. Eastern Michigan then started a run of their own, led by Canea Williams 26 points. The Eagles would cut the lead to one, but would get no closer, as clutch free-throws by Shuteamia Brayboy and Bowe finished off EMU.
"I felt like it was a game of runs," said Head Coach Chancellor Dugan. "I was happy with the way were able to withstand their pressure and move the ball."
FAU had four players in double digits, led by Givens' 19 points. Carla Stubbs had 18 points and tied for the lead with eight rebounds. Bowe added 13 and Breana Cox added 10 points off the bench. FAU shot 38 percent from the field and only committed 10 turnovers, while stealing the ball 12 times. Brayboy continued her Sun Belt-leading assist pace with seven helpers on the night.
Eastern Michigan had three players in double figures, led by Williams' leading all scorers with 26. Colleen Russell had 15 and Amber Land had 10, all of which came in the second half. The Eagles, however, committed 23 turnovers and Pittman, who averaged 19.9 points per game, was held to just six points.
FAU improves to 3-5 and will take 12 days off for final exams. They return to action on December 18 when they begin Sun Belt play at Arkansas State at 8 p.m.