Feb. 8, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - The last time Florida Atlantic University played Georgia State University, the Lady Owls were defeated by one point in the closing moments of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship game. The stakes Saturday night weren't as high as they were that day last March, but FAU managed to come from behind and defeat GSU, 75-63, at FAU Gymnasium.
Trineca McCleod scored a career-high 18 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Crystal Boyland added 15, and Jennifer Olson had 10. The win was the fourth straight for FAU and kept the Lady Owls in first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference South Division. FAU leads Central Florida and Troy State by one full game and holds the best conference record in the A-Sun.
FAU (10-10, 8-1 A-Sun) started slow and trailed 19-12 with 10:17 left in the first half. The Lady Owls responded with a 14-4 run to lead 26-23 with 4:26 left in the half. The run included three-pointers by Boyland and Sumika Alexander. FAU would hang on to the lead for the remainder of the half and took a 34-29 advantage into the break.
GSU opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 38-36 lead with 15:08 left in the game. FAU then exploded with a 23-4 run over the next 6:17 and led 59-42. The run included two three-pointers by AngieRodgers and one each by Julie Goad and Janka Deckerova. Rodgers finished with eight points.
The Lady Panthers battled back and, by the 3:55 mark, trailed just 63-57. A lay-up by McCleod with 3:12 remaining put FAU up 65-57. GSU would close to within six points two more times before FAU put the game away at the line. FAU's final 10 points came from the free throw line.
"I was just so pleased with our effort tonight. What a game by Trineca McCleod," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "It was a big win for us."
FAU controlled the boards, 49-32, while shooting just 38 percent. GSU finished at 37 percent for the game. FAU shot 27-for-35 from the foul line compared to GSU's 20-for-31. The Lady Owls went 6-for-16 from beyond the arc. GSU made just one of seven long-range attempts.
GSU was led by Angelina Miller's 19 points. Evita Rogers had 15 while Patechia Hartman scored 11.
Overall, FAU has won eight of nine and 10 of its last 13 games after starting the season 0-7. The victory was the first for FAU at home against GSU since 1999 and just the second, overall, in the last nine meetings.
Florida Atlantic next faces Campbell, February 13, in Buies Creek, NC.