Jan. 24, 2002
ATLANTA, GA - Florida Atlantic University used a 27-3 run to start the second half on their way to a 76-66 victory over Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Tamica Pierce led all scorers with 22 points as the Lady Owls outscored GSU 46-28 in the second half. FAU improved to 8-9 overall and 6-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference while GSU dropped to 9-6 and 5-3 in the A-Sun.
Georgia State led by as many as 11 points in the first half and took a 38-30 lead at the break. That's when the complexion of the contest changed as FAU controlled the game the rest of the way. The Lady Owls scored the first 11 points of the second half to lead 41-38 with 15:35 remaining. After a three-pointer by GSU's Marica Maddox that tied the game at 41, FAU went on a 16-0 run to take a 57-41 lead with 7:59 to play.
"We talked at the half about playing hard and with intensity," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "Tamica had a great night. She really wanted the ball and did a terrific job. Whenever you can get a road victory in conference, it's a big win."
The win was especially satisfying for Pierce who played before dozens of family and friends. Pierce is a junior college transfer for the Lady Owls who is from nearby Decatur, GA.
With FAU leading 60-43 with 6:46 left, Georgia State mounted its only comeback threat with an 8-0 run to pull to within nine points. However, the Lady Owls went on a 6-0 run to take a 66-51 lead with 3:49 to play.
The win snapped FAU's five-game losing streak to Georgia State, the defending A-Sun champion. It was also FAU's first win at GSU Sports Arena since February 2, 1995.
For the game, FAU shot 48 percent from the field while GSU shot 36 percent. FAU held the Panthers to just 28 percent shooting in the second half. The Lady Owls also controlled the boards with a 45-34 advantage.
The win comes five days after FAU handed Belmont its first A-Sun loss in a 72-70 come-from-behind victory last Saturday. The win also equaled FAU's A-Sun win total of a year ago. The Lady Owls have won six of their past nine games overall.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Campbell on Saturday.