Dec. 31, 2002
Florida Atlantic University's women's basketball team was defeated 77-72 by St. John's University on Tuesday afternoon in the consolation game at the Georgia Tech Atlanta Marriott NW Holiday Invitational held in Atlanta, GA. Crystal Boyland led the Owls, who trailed by as many as 20 in the first half, with 15 points.
The game opened at 2-2 with the teams trading baskets. Boyland got the first hoop, a baseline jumper for FAU (2-9) at the 18:29 mark. From there SJU (6-5) went on an 11-1 run fueled by SJU's Shemika Stevens eight points during the stretch.
The Owls rallied back with a 17-7 run of their own pulling within one point at 21-20 with 10:19 left in the half. Jennifer Olson pulled the team close with a basket off of a nice feed from Angie Rodgers.
The Red Storm then ripped off a 22-3 run to go up 43-23 with 2:36 left in the half. The Storm's Reka Szavuly hit three treys during in the run. St. Johns led at halftime 47-30.
Joeyn Dearsman started the second half for FAU and came out firing. Dearsman hit two threes in a row to pull FAU within 11 with 15:56 left in the game, but the Storm stretched the lead back to 15 with 13:48 left to play.
FAU then mounted a 15-7 run that pulled them to within seven at 60-53 with 8:52 left on the clock when Julie Goad made two free throws after she was fouled on an offensive rebound. St. John's answered with a 14-6 run of its own to push the lead back to 15.
With 3:02 left to play in the game, Tamica Pierce made a lay-up to pull the Owls to withing 12 at 74-62. Then Boyland stole the inbound pass and put in the lay-up narrowing the margin to 10. After an offensive foul, Boyland found Rodgers wide open for a three that brought FAU back to within seven at 74-67 with 2:19 left in the game. Boyland paced the Owls with 15 points, four assists and three steals in a team high 32 minutes of play.
The final score was as close as the Owls would get to victory though as Goad hit a three with 16 seconds left to play.
FAU outshot the Red Storm shooting 48% from the field compared to 41% by St. John's. The Owls also continued their hot outside shooting hitting an outstanding 47% from three-point range (8-17). FAU also out-rebounded the Red Storm 36-32.
FAU's only fault was its 31 turnovers. St. Johns only had 22 turnovers for the game allowing them to get off 15 more shots than the Owls.
FAU will open Atlantic Sun play January 9th at Stetson. Coach Chancellor Dugan indicated that league play may be the best thing for her team. "The good thing about conference play is that we start 0-0," said Dugan.