Feb. 26, 2004
ATLANTA, GA - Florida Atlantic University stayed red-hot Thursday night as it defeated conference-leading Georgia State University, 61-58, at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, GA. Sharia Young scored 14 of her team-high and career-high 15 points in the second half while Trineca McCleod had her sixth double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The win was FAU's fourth straight and seventh in nine games. The Lady Owls, who entered the night tied for sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference, improved to 10-14 on the year and 9-8 in the A-Sun. GSU (15-9, 12-5 A-Sun) lost its third straight game for the first time in five years.
The Lady Panthers led most of the night until Young hit a three-pointer with 8:59 left to give FAU a 47-45 lead. More than two minutes later, with the game tied at 47, Young converted again from beyond the arc to make it 50-47. GSU would take the lead briefly before Young made her third three with 4:15 left to put FAU up 57-53.
GSU came back and pulled to within 57-56 on a Patechia Hartman jumper with 58 seconds left. McCleod then went 2-for-2 from the line to put FAU back in front by three with 44 seconds left. Monica Thomas responded with a jumper to make it 59-58 with 29 seconds left. Corinth Evans then finished the scoring with two free throws with 13 seconds left. Thomas missed an off-balance three as time expired.
FAU was forced to play much of the game in foul trouble. Shontavia Williams played a season-low 12 minutes before fouling out with eight points with 4:42 to go. DeeAnna Hanscom also fouled out while McCleod and Young finished the game with four fouls.
FAU held GSU to 36 percent shooting. The Lady Owls were outrebounded 44-38. GSU hurt itself at the foul line, going 11-for-24.
"It was a very tough win," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "I was just so proud of our effort tonight. Georgia State is an excellent team, but hats off to the girls. They really executed well down the stretch."
Thomas led GSU with 18 points. Hartman added 17, and April Clyburn scored 14 to go along with 12 rebounds.
Florida Atlantic next plays Mercer Saturday afternoon in Macon, GA.
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