Feb. 21, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Shontavia Williams scored a game-high 23 points to lead Florida Atlantic University to its third straight win as the Lady Owls defeated Campbell University, 64-61, in Boca Raton Saturday night. Trineca McCleod added 16 points as FAU continued its late-season surge with its sixth win in eight games.
The Lady Owls were outshot and outrebounded, but committed a season-low 12 turnovers, and improved to 9-14 overall and 8-8 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Campbell dropped to 9-15 and 7-10 in the A-Sun.
FAU remains tied for seventh-place in the A-Sun with Troy State and is now a game and-a-half ahead of ninth-place Campbell. The top eight teams in the A-Sun will qualify for the A-Sun Tournament March 11-13 in Dothan, AL.
Neither team led by more than three points in the final 13 minutes of the game. Campbell used a 6-0 run to tie the game at 44 with 13:03 to play. A jumper by Terra Guandolo with 2:44 left gave the Camels a 59-58 lead.
McCleod scored the next three points for the Lady Owls as FAU led 61-59 with 1:42 left. Williams scored with 1:04 left to make it 63-60. Each team split free throws in the final minute before Campbell's Kendra Damman missed a three as time expired.
FAU had the game's largest lead when it led 44-38 with 13:41 remaining. Campbell's largest lead was four in the first half.
"We didn't play our best, but we gutted it out," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan." "This game meant a lot to both teams, and we now control our own destiny."
Williams has led FAU the past three games, all wins, and finished the night 10-for-21 from the field. She had four steals and two assists. Julie Goad led FAU with seven assists.
FAU shot 39 percent compared to Campbell's 41. The Camels outrebounded FAU 49-37. Jennifer Lodge led Campbell with 13 points.
Florida Atlantic next plays at Georgia State February 26 in Atlanta, GA.
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