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Jessica Knurick goes in for two of her eight points in Thursday's 80-74 loss to Western Kentucky. (FAUOwlAccess.com photo)

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Not enough stops vs. Tops

FAU can’t stop Western Kentucky when it needs to as the Hilltppers escape FAU Arena with a 80-74 victory on Wednesday

Originally published on 2/24/2010

by Marcus Nelson

BOCA RATON -  With the regular season winding down, FAU is using its last two games as chances to improve its standings and its play before the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

On Wednesday, the Owls certainly got a lesson in how to play in a close game as FAU lost to Western Kentucky 80-74 at FAU Arena.

“I thought we battled, but we just made too many key mistakes both offensively and defensively,” said FAU coach Chancellor Dugan.

For the Owls, who last played a game decided by five points or less last month, the experience may come in handy.

“That should give us some confidence going in there,” Dugan said.

Not only was Thursday’s final score close, but it was tightly contested throughout the entire game. The Hilltoppers’ biggest lead was 7 points with 4 minutes remaining, but FAU came charging back and cut it to 68-67 on a 3-pointer by Teri  Stamps with 2:08 remaining.

However, on the next trip, the Hilltoppers (20-8, 13-4) got a little breathing room on a basket and a free throw by Dominique Duck that gave WKU a 71-67 lead with 1:51 remaining.

“You’ve got to get a stop and shut somebody down,” Dugan said. “We were one stop away from doing what we wanted to do. We just gave up too easy of a bucket and that’s been our Achilles’ heel all season. …We have to be tougher and more physical on the inside.”

The Owls (14-13, 10-7) cut the lead to 76-74 on another triple by Stamps, who had 12 points, with :10 remaining, but the Hilltoppers hit all of their free throw attempts the rest of the way.

FAU senior guard Carla Stubbs led all scorers with 20 points.

The Owls will not have very much time to regroup before they have to face Middle Tennessee, which is tied with UALR for the No. 1 overall seed, on Saturday in the last home game of the season. The game, to be shown on CSS, is a re-match of last season’s upset by FAU.

“If that doesn’t get you fired up, then you don’t have a pulse,” Dugan said. "If playing the No. 1 team on your home court, on TV and you cant get ready to go? Then you don’t need to be playing basketball. We have a chance to do something and send a message to our league.”

 

GameBrowser: Western Kentucky 80, FAU 74

Moving forward: On her 22nd birthday Senior guard Brittany Bowe had 16 points and led the Owls with 8 rebounds and 8 assists
Moving backward: Lyrell Barfield had 9 points and was 3-of-12 shooting from the field.
Stat download:Western Kentucky outscored FAU in the paint 38-18
Up Next: It’s the last game of the regular season with FAU playing host to Middle Tennessee. Tip-off is at noon and the game will be televised by CSS.

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