Nov. 15, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL -- The 2005-06 season will get underway this weekend when Florida Atlantic University will host the FAU Tip-Off Classic at the George Mayer Gymnasium located on Broward Community College joint FAU Davie campus. Chancellor Dugan will be entering her seventh season as the Owls' bench boss. FAU has qualified for the A-Sun tournament in each of her first six seasons.
The Owls will open up against the Midshipmen of Navy on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Navy went 11-18 in its 2004-05 campaign. They will be returning three of their top five scorers from a year ago in Carly Meyer (9.0 ppg), Lauren Skrel (8.8 ppg), and Kate Hobbs (8.7 ppg).
FAU will be returning a potential A-Sun Player of the Year candidate in senior guard Shontavia Williams. Williams averaged 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season. She also earned Preseason All-Conference honors in October. Williams averaged 23.5 points per game in the Owls two exhibition contests this season.
"Our defense has got to lead us. We need to do a little bit better on the boards and take care of the basketball, if we can do all those things we will be in every game," head coach Chancellor Dugan said.
With a strong recruiting class the Owls were picked third in the Atlantic-Sun Preseason Coaches Poll, earning three first-place votes. FAU went 10-10 in the conference last year.
The Owls will battle Delaware State on day two of the FAU Tip-Off Classic. The Lady Hornets went 16-12 in the 2004-05 season. They will be returning sophomore guard Raquel Collier who averaged 9.4 points per game as a freshman, along with senior center Najmah Fauntleroy, who averaged 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season.
Florida Atlantic will tip off at 7 p.m. on both the 18th and 19th. Delaware State will battle Monmouth at 5 pm. on Friday. Monmouth and Navy will tip at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Owl fans can hear all the games on www.fausports.com by clicking on the Owls All- Access link located in the main menu.