Women vs. Louisiana-Lafayette live blog
If you believe Google, and there's little reason not to, this will be the first-ever live blog of an FAU women's basketball game. The Owls (8-12, 5-5 Sun Belt) face ULL (3-17, 0-9 Sun Belt) here at FAU Arena in a couple minutes, and that game will be followed by the men's game.
The pre-game shootaround just finished and from the looks of it, the Owls will have a significant size advantage - something that doesn't happen often. I'll give an update at every media timeout and a complete wrap-up following the game will appear on FAUOwlAccess.com
. Enjoy the game.15:35 ULL 9: FAU 7:
ULL jumped out 4-0 before Carla Stubbs got the Owls on the board. Brittany Bowe stole the ensuing inbounds pass and tied the score at 4-4.
On a personal note, The 5 p.m. start allows the setting sun to shine directly through the west windows. It's the first indoor basketball game I've ever covered while wearing sunglasses.
TIME: Susan Beauzil's 3-pointer put the Owls up by 19 points.11:45 ULL 11, FAU 9:
Lafayette's uniforms don't have the word "Lafayette" on them. Instead, the white letters on their red shirts read: Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns. Jana Momoh's backdoor cut tied it at 9-9 for the Owls. Cajuns offered three of airballs and FAU had one of their own since the last update.7:39 FAU 19, ULL 14:
Bowe got her own rebound, put it back and drew the foul to put the Owls up 12-11. Stubbs came up limping after drawing a foul on a drive. She made one of two free throws and stayed in the game. Bowe's drive gave the Owls a five-point lead - their biggest of the game.3:24 FAU 24, ULL 18:
Center Jessica Knurick answered Lafayette' Alexis Green's 3-pointer with one of her own. Momoh's jumper pushed the Owls' lead to six.HALFTIME FAU30, ULL 20:
FAU is getting opportunities near the hoop but is having trouble taking advantage of the them. Taylor's drive with less than 30 seconds remaining gave the Owls a 10-point lead - their biggest of the game.SECOND HALF TIP-OFF:
FAU is the better team and should be able to pull away in the second half. ULL is sloppy, allowing the Owls to score 12 of their 30 points off turnovers. Bowe led all scorers with 10 points. ULL didn't make a field goal in the final 6:23 of the half.15:28 FAU 36, ULL26:
FAU hit its first two shots of the second half pushing the lead to 14 points. The Cajuns scored the next four and will be at the line following the timeout.11:45 FAU 36, ULL 28:
FAU's score didn't change since the last update. The Owls are getting open shots, but they aren't falling. Luckily for the Owls, ULL isn't doing much either.7:46 FAU 44, ULL 28
- Stamps' putback of her own miss broke the Owls' scoring drought. Bowe's layup put FAU up 16 and the Owls are starting to pull away.2:22 FAU 51, ULL 36:
The Owls led by as much as 19 points. FAU has been working the shot clock and as a result aren't getting the best shots. ULL cut the lead to 11 before the Owls latest couple of buckets. Will the 15-point lead be big enough to prevent a Cajun foul fest?FINAL FAU 61, ULL 50:
The Owls held on pretty easily to boost their Sun Belt record back above .500. Stubbs' layup upped the Owls' lead to 53-36. FAU coach Chancellor Dugan called timeout following Stubbs' shot - not sure why. ULL followed with a couple of 3-pointers to get back within 11. That ened up being the margin of victory, though the Cajuns' did cut the lead to single digits at one point.