Shontavia Williams scored 16 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds.
Jan. 17, 2004
BUIES CREEK, NC -- Shontavia Williams and Cristal Randolph each had career performances as Florida Atlantic University withstood a late rally to defeat Campbell University, 80-78, Saturday afternoon in Buies Creek, NC. Williams scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds while Randolph set a career mark with 15 points and five three-pointers. Trineca McCleod also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. FAU improves to 3-11 on the year and 2-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Campbell drops to 3-9 and 1-4, respectively.
FAU led 71-56 with 6:39 to go after a lay-up by DeeAnna Hanscom capped off a 10-2 run. It was FAU's largest lead of the game. However, the Camels stormed back with a 12-2 run of their own and trailed 73-68 at the 3:25 mark.
A minute later, Sharia Young went to the free throw line and made her first but missed the second. Williams grabbed the rebound and scored to give FAU a 76-68 lead with 2:07 to go.
Campbell then scored the next seven points and trailed 76-75 with 37 seconds to go after Kristal Troy hit two free throws. Troy finished with a game-high 21 points. Sharia Young came back and connected on an eight-foot jumper along the right baseline with 20 seconds left to give FAU a 78-75 lead.
With a chance to tie on its next possession, Campbell turned the ball over and Julie Goad made two free throws at the other end to put FAU on top 80-75. A three-pointer by Troy with less than two seconds left was the last of the scoring.
Campbell opened the game leading 13-9, but FAU then went on a 26-8 run to take a 35-21 lead. The first half featured a flurry of three-pointers by Randolph, who connect on her first four tries and had 12 points at the break. Goad, who finished with 10 points, also hit a pair of threes as FAU shot 7-for-11 from beyond the arc by the half. The Lady owls led 47-41 at halftime.
FAU outshot Campbell 46 percent to 35 percent. The Lady Owls also held a 50-37 advantage on the boards. Those two categories helped offset FAU's 27 turnovers compared to just 16 for Campbell. FAU finished the game 8-for-20 from beyond the arc.
Florida Atlantic next faces Gardner-Webb Monday night in Boiling Springs, NC.