Dec. 28, 2002
BOCA RATON - Two teams looking to capture a post-Christmas victory returned to the hardwood Saturday afternoon, with Florida Atlantic University (2-7) pulling away with the 61-48 victory over Long Island University (0-8).
"It wasn't pretty, but I will take it," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "The first 10 minutes of the game it looked like we were running in mud. We didn't rebound and we have to shortly or it will jump up and get us. I did like the turnover numbers. I think we missed early shots and got down allowing the pressure to build. We were in position, maybe just trying to move the ball too much."
After half of the game's action, the score was tied for the fifth time at 25. While the two teams sparred and seemed to be evenly match, LIU was the only team to hold the lead during the half and in fact led by as many as 10, once.
"Crystal (Boyland) did a nice job lighting a fire," added Dugan. "It was nothing she said it was just her intensity. The numbers on paper may not show it, but I though DeeAnna (Hanscom) had another nice game. She only had three points, two blocks and four rebounds, but she kept Dudley from having a much better night."
The Lady Owls returned to the court, after the half, to see sophomore Angie Rodgers sink the first bucket of the half, just three of her game-high 22 points. FAU went up by five only to see the game tied twice more and see the Blackbirds take a one point advantage before FAU took control of the game for good at the 11:41 mark.
Rodgers saw teammate Crystal Boyland join her as the only other player to score 20 points at 20.
Tamica Pierce added eight and Both Jennifer Olson and Shontavia Williams added four.
Defensively, FAU was led by Boyland who had nine rebounds, five defensive.
"I've been waiting for Angie (Rodgers) to have a game like this all year," said Dugan. "She is quick. We need her to get to the basket, but with the players we have injured or sick it was nice to see the team effort."
LIU was led by Tamika Dudley and Michelle Halligan who scored 19and 12, respectively. Dudley also had 10 rebounds.
FAU will next travel to Atlanta, GA for the Georgia Tech Atlanta Marriott NW Holiday Invitational scheduled for December 30-31. The Lady Owls will first face East Carolina at 3 p.m.