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FAU holds off late surge, deals Lady Bucs first A-Sun setback, 79-71
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Down by as many as 10 in the second half, the Lady Bucs battled back to get within two at 72-70, with 1:45 remaining, but the FAU fended off the late charge, cashing in on a sensational shooting performance, in which the Owls drained 50 percent of the second-half shots, and 49.1 percent for the game. The win by FAU halts the Lady Bucs' home-win streak at seven, while also preventing ETSU from its fifth-consecutive victory.
Up 35-34 at the half, the Lady Bucs quickly saw their lead slip away, as the Owls had stolen the advantage by the 17:33 mark, when a Demina Anderson layup put FAU up 39-37. The Owls would extend their lead to 51-41 with just over 14 minutes to play, but the Lady Bucs wouldn't go away, fighting to get back within four on a layup by Gibson with 12:18 to go. FAU answered with a three pointer by Cristal Randolph just 18 seconds later, taking the lead to 55-48.
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A three-point play by Turman would bring the margin back to seven, followed by a layup by Alisha Holmes (
A layup by Gibson at the 4:41 mark would give the Lady Bucs one of their few leads of the evening at 66-65, but the Owls stole the momentum with a quick seven-point run, sparked by a three by Missy Glaser.
A pair of free throws from Holmes and another Gibson layup made it a two point game once again, at 70-72, but the Owls prevailed, sinking five free throws in the final 40 seconds.
ETSU out-rebounded FAU, 47-37, but couldn't convert on the offensive end, shooting 34.9 percent. The Lady Bucs, who had shot 80-percent plus at the free throw line in the past three games, had uncharacteristic difficulties at charity stripe, shooting 66.7 percent. The Owls also had free-throw trouble with a 64.3-percent showing. Turnovers also plagued both offenses, with FAU committing 23 miscues and ETSU with 22.
Glaser paced the Owls with 19 points, followed by Shontavia Williams with 18, and
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After a rare weekend off, the Lady Bucs hit the road for A-Sun action against