SATURDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2005
Women's Basketball rally falls short in 74-71 loss to Florida Atlantic

Dec. 3, 2005

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Senior guard Sheena Carpenter and sophomore forward Ashley Williams combined for 33 second half points but a last second three-pointer fell short as the Dolphins fell to Florida Atlantic 74-71, to open the 2005-06 Atlantic Sun season Saturday evening at FAU Arena.

JU (1-4, 0-1) erased a 24-point deficit by shooting 52 percent (13-25) in the second half. FAU (2-4, 1-0) only managed 29 points in the second half, but made key free throws at the end of the contest.

"Basically, we have to learn to play two halves and not put ourselves into such a big hole," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "I'm very proud of the way we fought back to give ourselves a chance to win. We are a few small things away from becoming a very good basketball team."

Carpenter led the Dolphins with a career-high 25 points after shooting (15 in the second frame), including a career-high 11-of-12 effort from the free-throw line. Williams recorded her second 20-point performance of the season (15 in the second half) after shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line. Junior guard Nakina Alford also added 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

Shontavia Williams led FAU with 19 points, while Brittney Crenshaw (12) and Missy Glaser (10) rounded out the Owls with double-figure scoring.

Trailing 52-28 with 17:30 remaining, JU used a 15-3 run to make it 55-43 with 12:11 remaining. After FAU pushed their lead back to 60-43 at the 10:48 mark, the Dolphins used a 19-7 run to make it 67-62 with 4:05 left.

After trading points back and forth, a put-back jumper on a missed free throw made it 72-70 with 58 seconds remaining. Missy Glaser hit two free throws and Carpenter connected on one free throw to make it 74-71 with 18 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Alford's last second attempt hit off the front of the rim as time expired, to end the contest.

In the first half, FAU's Williams (13) and Crenshaw (10) each finished with double-figures in scoring to lead the Owls to a 45-26 lead. Carpenter led the Dolphins with 10 points as JU shot only 25 percent from the floor (8-32) compared to 47.5 percent (19-40) by FAU.

The Dolphins will return to Swisher Gymnasium for their 2005-06 home opener against Savannah State on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.