March 23, 2006
BOCA RATON, FL ---What a season it was for the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team. The 2005-06 campaign featured many ups and downs along the way, but the Owls stuck together to capture their first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and a berth into the Division-I NCAA Tournament.
The Owls 20-11 overall record and 16-4 A-Sun mark were the best since moving into Division-I and joining the conference in 1994.
"This season was so special for everyone involved with the team and Florida Atlantic University as a whole," head coach Chancellor Dugan said. "I am so proud of these girls and they way they stuck together for the long haul."
The season started with Hurricane Wilma's wrath damaging FAU Arena and forcing the team to use six different practice facilities in the 40 days they were away from "The Burrow." With the gym under construction the Owls had to host the FAU Tip-Off Classic at Broward Community College (11/18-11/19). The team finally returned to its true home floor on Dec. 1 and earned their first win of the season, 57-43, over the University of North Florida.
"The experience of packing up into the car and heading to Daytona Beach for a week brought this team together," Dugan added. "I have never been around a team that got along so well."
The turn of the calendar may have also marked the turning point of the season for the club as they posted a 17-5 mark in 2006.
On Jan. 12 the Owls dealt the East Tennessee State Buccaneers their first home loss in the conference, 79-71, to jump start FAU's four-game road win streak. The Owls 7-3 conference mark away from Boca Raton tied a school best.
After dropping a 64-63 overtime heartbreaker to Stetson on Feb. 8, the Owls bounced back by ripping off their first six-game win streak since the 1992-93 season that featured wins over Mercer, Jacksonville, UNF, Gardner-Webb, Campbell, and Lipscomb.
The Owls entered the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament on Mar.9 as winners of 11 out their last 13 games.
FAU's Quarterfinal match-up vs. JU featured 24 points from Shontavia Williams to pass Tiffany Collins as the all-time leading scorer in the history of Florida Atlantic University women's basketball. The Miami native ended her fabulous career with 1,466 points.
The Owls fought off a tough Mercer team, 70-65, in the Semifinals and topped a very feisty Bulldog squad from Gardner-Webb in the Championship game, 74-63, to claim their first conference crown. Williams averaged 23.5 points and nine rebounds per game in the conference tournament to earn MVP honors. Great efforts by Amanda Bulin and Missy Glaser earned each of them a spot on the All-Tournament team as well.
The first 10 minutes of FAU's initial Division-I tournament appearance saw the Owls lead the LSU Tigers 14-13, but the top-seeded Tigers proved why they are considered as one of the best teams in the country, putting an end to the Owls dream season 72-48.
A new era will begin for the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team as it will become a member of the Sun Belt Conference next season.
On Feb. 12 Coach Dugan recorded her 250th career-win in the Owls 82-75 victory over Mercer.
Shuteamia Brayboy dished out 181 assists to set the single-season assists record.
Missy Glaser set the sophomore record with 129 free throws on the season.
Shontavia Williams' 104 career-starts are the most in school history.
Williams joined Tiffany Collins as the only player to score at least 1,000 points and have 600 rebounds in a career.
Williams won two Atlantic Sun Player of the Week awards (01/16, 02/27).