Late Rally Falls Short for Lady Owls
Trineca McCleod led FAU with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Trineca McCleod led FAU with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Jan. 8, 2004

Final Stats

BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Mercer University, 66-62, Thursday night in Boca Raton. FAU battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit and took a brief lead before Mercer came back to win the game. The loss drops FAU to 2-9 on the year and 1-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Bears improved to 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the A-Sun.

Mercer's Jessica Miller scored 21 first half points and finished with a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds. FAU was led by Trineca McCleod's 18 points and 10 rebounds. DeeAnna Hanscom had 11 points and eight rebounds.

FAU used a 9-0 run early in the game to lead 13-7 at the 14:36 mark of the first half. The Bears, behind five first half three-pointers by Miller, outscored FAU 36-16 the rest of the half for a 43-29 halftime lead.

The Lady Owls slowly chipped into the deficit in the second half and pulled to within 47-42 with 12:34 remaining. Mercer built its lead back to 51-42 before FAU closed to within five points again on a lay-up by Jackie Brown at the 10:27 mark.

Mercer then went on a 7-2 run to take a 58-48 lead with 8:23 remaining before the Lady Owls mounted their biggest run of the night.

FAU outscored Mercer 13-1 over the next 5:29 to lead 61-59 with 2:54 remaining. The run included a pair of free throws by McCleod to tie the game at the 3:19 mark. She then scored on a lay-up to give FAU the lead. That would turn out to be FAU's last lead of the night as Mercer closed the game on a 7-1 run.

Free throw shooting once again proved to be a nemesis for FAU as it finished the game 15-for-28 from the line, but just 11-for-22 in the second half. Trailing 58-52 at the 7:06 mark of the second half to the 3:48 mark when they trailed 59-57, the Lady Owls went 1-for-9 from the stripe.



For the game, FAU shot 34 percent while Mercer went 47 percent from the field. The Lady Owls held a 41-40 advantage on the boards. Mercer committed 31 turnovers compared to FAU's 21.

Florida Atlantic next faces Georgia State Saturday night at 7:00pm at FAU Gymnasium.

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