Nov. 11, 2011
Dugan On Victory
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team placed two players in double figures in a balanced offensive attack that led to a 76-50 season-opening victory over Warner University on Friday night at the FAU Arena in Boca Raton. The Owls won their season opener for the third consecutive season.
"We did a lot of good things tonight, but also found some areas that we still need to work on," said Chancellor Dugan, FAU's head women's basketball coach. "We will learn from this game and build on it going forward."
Senior guard DeLita Scott sparked the offense in the first half, scoring all 16 points in the first 20 minutes of the career-high performance. The Hammond, Ind. native made eight of her 14 shots and grabbed six rebounds. Her efforts helped the Owls to a 39-25 halftime advantage.
"DaLita is a very good shooter and brings an athletic presence to this team," said Dugan, who started her 13th season in leading the FAU program. "She ran the court very well early in the game and was able to finish some of her scoring chances."
In the second half, sophomore guard Latavia Dempsey led the way, scoring 11 of her 13 points after intermission. The sharpshooter made three 3-point field goals in a career-high scoring night.
"Latavia has worked hard at her game and once she finds out what her potential is, she will be a big factor on this team," said Dugan.
Leading 13-8 after the first six minutes, the Owls used an 18-10 run over nine minutes to pull away from the visiting Royals. FAU took a 31-20 lead at the 3:48 mark in the first half after a 3-point basket from sophomore guard Kimberly Smith.
Warner cut the FAU lead to nine points, 42-33, with 15:55 remaining. However, that's as close as the game would get. Dempsey connected on a 3-point basket and converted a layout on consecutive trips to push Owls' lead back in double figures, at 50-33, and helped seal the victory.
All 11 Florida Atlantic players scored in the victory, including nine points each from senior guard Viviana Penate and sophomore point guard Takia Brooks. Smith chipped in eight points for the balanced Owls attack.
"We did a good job of looking for each other," said Dugan. "We had 17 assists and shot 43 percent as a team. We did a good job of moving the ball to find the open player."
FAU held a 53-33 rebounding edge, led by redshirt sophomore Chenise Miller's nine boards. Senior Mariana Byczkowski had a career-high eight rebounds in the contest.
Warner was paced by Katarina Olivo with 15 points while Shawnelle Campbell scored 13 points.
FAU returns to the court on Monday, November 14, at 6 p.m. when it travels to the University of Michigan, which opened the season with a victory at the University of Florida on Friday. Live audio and statistics of the game can be found at www.fausports.com.
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