Nov. 22, 2002
HUNTINGTON, WV -- Florida Atlantic University (0-1) was defeated by Georgia Southern University, 75-57, Friday night in the opening round of the Marshall University Classic in Huntington, WV. Tamica Pierce led FAU with 14 points and eight rebounds.
FAU never led in the game as GSU (1-0) took advantage of a 52-44 edge in rebounds, 24 FAU turnovers, and only 30 percent shooting by the Lady Owls.
The Eagles jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the game's first 2:44. FAU managed to cut the lead to 15-10 with a pair of three-pointers by Angie Rodgers. However, GSU took as much as an 11-point lead with 4:04 left in the half and led 40-31 at the break.
In the second half, GSU extended its lead to 43-31 before FAU went on a 7-0 run to pull to within 43-38 with 15:37 remaining. A three-pointer by Rachel Loiacono with 11:24 to go put GSU back in front 54-43. FAU mounted yet another rally with an 8-2 run that featured treys by Crystal Boyland and Julie Goad that pulled the Lady Owls to within five points with 8:31 remaining. That was as close as FAU would get as GSU pulled away for the 18-point victory.
"We just didn't play Lady Owl basketball tonight," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We made so many mistakes. But, give Georgia Southern credit. They played hard and did a great job on the boards."
Georgia Southern hauled in 23 offensive rebounds compared to FAU's 18. The Eagles were led by Shawnica Hill, who scored a game-high 26 points. Jessica Everett had 17.
Boyland scored 13 for FAU while Trineca McCleod and Rodgers each had eight. Goad led FAU with eight assists which was one short of her career-high.
"If I can find a bright spot, it was the play of our newcomers," said Dugan. "I thought they were a little more patient than our veterans."
Florida Atlantic will face the loser of Friday night's Marshall-American game. If American loses, FAU will face the Eagles Saturday at 6:00pm. If Marshall loses, FAU faces the Thundering Herd Saturday at 8:00pm.