Jan. 13, 2004
ORLANDO, FL -- Trineca McCleod scored a career-high 26 points, but Florida Atlantic still suffered a 83-69 loss to UCF Tuesday night in Orlando, FL. Julie Goad added 12 points, and DeeAnna Hanscom scored 10. Celeste Hudson led UCF with 18 points and 10 rebounds as all five UCF starters finished in double-figures. The loss drops FAU to 2-11 on the year and 1-5 in the A-Sun. UCF improves to 5-8 and 4-2 in the A-Sun.
The game featured two distinct halves as FAU led most of the first half. Both teams struggled from the field in the first half before UCF settled for a 29-28 halftime lead. Both teams seemed to find their offenses in the second half as UCF outscored FAU 54-41 over the final 20 minutes. McCleod was FAU's exclusive threat in the second half, going 8-for-8 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line to score 22 points.
In all, rebounding hurt FAU as it was outrebounded 44-31. The Lady Owls also committed 21 turnovers compared to UCF's 18. Both teams went 24-for-35 from the line. UCF outshot FAU 44 percent to 39 percent.
UCF built as much as a 56-40 lead midway through the second half before the Owls responded with an 11-2 run to trail 58-51 with less than nine minutes left. That's as close as FAU would get as UCF built its lead back to more than 10 points.
"We just didn't execute in the first half," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan as the Lady Owls shot 30 percent from the field. "We were out of sync. It's disappointing because we didn't come up with the effort I thought we would."
UCF's Shayla Smith scored 16 while Tarkira Allen and Ali Roberts had 15. Of UCF's 83 points, 76 were scored by its starters.
Florida Atlantic next faces Campbell January 17 in the first of a two-game swing in North Carolina.