Feb. 2, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - A furious second half rally fell short as Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Georgia State University, 79-75, Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton, FL. Chantale Jones led five FAU players in double figures with 17 points while GSU's Marica Maddox led all scorers with 27 points. The loss drops FAU to 10-10 overall and 8-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference while GSU improved to 12-6 and 8-4, respectively.
GSU controlled the first half on their way to a 47-27 halftime lead. The Lady Panthers outshot the Lady Owls 65 percent to 29 percent in the process.
Leading 52-33 with 17:52, Georgia State began to struggle against the FAU pressure defense as the Lady Owls mounted a 19-3 run to trail just 55-52 with 10:03 to play. FAU held GSU to just one field goal in the first 11:27 of the second half.
However, GSU went on a run of their own to take a 69-56 lead with 4:28 to play and still led 71-61 with 2:51 left. That's when Janka Deckerova connected for two three-pointers to cut the lead to 71-67. After a pair of free throws by Maddox with 1:59 remaining, Angie Rodgers connected for a three-pointer on the right wing to pull FAU to within 73-70 with 1:50 left.
A pair of free throws by Jones with 29 seconds left cut the GSU lead to 75-73, but that's as close as FAU would get as they could not manage to get the ball back trailing by less than four points. Maddox, who finished 14-of-16 from the line, connected four times in the last 18 seconds.
For the game, GSU outshot FAU 60 percent to 39 percent. FAU forced GSU into 29 turnovers, 18 in the second half, and was outrebounded 36-34.
Tamica Pierce finished with 14 points before fouling out while Rodgers had 14. Deckerova and Kristy Halvorsen each had 11 points for FAU. GSU's Angelina Miller added 18 points while A-Sun scoring leader, Evita Rogers, was held to just seven points.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Campbell Monday at 3:00pm.