Nov. 15, 2012
All of the hard work that went into preseason practice paid off in big dividends on the court for the Florida Atlantic women's basketball team during last Friday's season-opening game at Georgia Southern. The Owls' relentless pressuring defense, up-tempo offense and hustle from the opening tipoff slowly took its toll mid-way through the second half.
Precisely, it was the 34-minute mark that the game turned in FAU's favor.
The visitors led 54-50 at that point. They proceeded to score 10 straight points over the next four minutes and eventually outscored Georgia Southern by 16 points over the final eight minutes - pulling away for the 20-point, 75-55, victory.
Head Coach Kellie Lewis-Jay reminded her players about the 34-minute mark during second-half timeouts.
"We just wore them down," the coach told me in her postgame radio interview on www.fausports.com. Games can be heard here.
The Owls reaped the benefits of playing an exhausted opponent, making 64 percent of their second-half field goals, holding Georgia Southern below 30 percent shooting for the game and out-rebounding the Eagles by a commanding 49-35 margin.
We'll see if the same storyline holds true on Friday, November 16, when FAU plays at Bethune-Cookman and Sunday, November 18, for the home opener against Jacksonville, starting at 2 p.m. in the FAU Arena. Hope to see you there!