Dec. 19, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University defeated Eastern Michigan University, 83-69, Thursday night in Boca Raton, FL. DeeAnna Hanscom set an FAU record with 12 blocked shots while FAU tied a team record with 12 blocks. Hanscom also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Julie Goad led FAU and tied a career-high with 16 points, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc during a key stretch in the first half. Crystal Boyland scored 14 for the Lady Owls while Tamica Pierce had 13 points and eight rebounds. Pierce also went a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. Janka Deckerova and Trineca McCleod each scored 11.
Eastern Michigan (2-6) grabbed the early lead and took a 16-11 advantage with 10:30 left in the first half on a lay-up by Nikki Knapp. Knapp led all scorers with 24 points and hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds.
FAU promptly went on a 5-0 run after a Hanscom jumper and a three-point play by Boyland that tied the scorer at 16-16. With the game tied at 29-29 with 3:35 left in the first half, FAU took control with a 16-2 run to close the half. Goad tied a career-high with four three-pointers during the stretch, including the final one with four seconds to go to give FAU a 45-31 lead at the half.
In the second half, FAU opened up as much as a 21 point lead on more than one occasion before settling for the 14-point victory. EMU would manage to get only as close as 12 points, at 73-61, with 3:50 left in the game.
"We've been waiting a long time for a break-out game from Julie," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We took her off the point tonight, and it took some pressure off of her. Her teammates did a great job of spacing and getting open."
Hanscom's effort broke the old record of 10 blocks set most recently by current FAU assistant coach Ruta Grinute on March 3, 2001, against Samford. Current WNBA star Yolanda Griffith also blocked 10 shots for FAU in a game on January 22, 1991 against West Georgia. Hanscom had seven of her blocks in the second half.
"Eastern Michigan's is a quick team," said Hanscom. "But, they seemed to be throwing it right at me. In any case, it feels really good to go into Christmas with a win."
FAU finished the game shooting 49.2 percent from the field. That included a season-high nine three-pointers. The Lady Owls shot 52.9 percent from beyond the arc after connecting nine times in 17 tries. On the flip side, FAU held an opponent to its lowest shooting percentage this year as EMU managed just 30.9 percent from the field.
On the boards, FAU held a 47-34 advantage. The Lady Owls also went 14-for-16 from the line.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Long Island December 28 at 3:00pm at FAU Gymnasium.
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