Nov. 23, 2001
HONOLULU, HI - Florida Atlantic University (0-1) was defeated by Penn State University (1-2), 89-66, in a first round game Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, HI. Tamica Pierce led the Lady Owls with 20 points as Florida Atlantic battled the no. 23 Lady Lions.
FAU started out with a quick burst to take a 7-4 lead 2:34 into the contest before PSU used a 22-5 run to take a 26-12 lead with 10:42 left in the first half. The run began a day of frustration for FAU from the field as PSU outshot the Lady Owls 43 percent to 25 percent. The Lady Lions' size also played a factor in a 68-36 rebounding edge. Penn State led 42-25 at the half.
The second half began with a big PSU run as the Lady Lions outscored the Lady Owls 10-0 in the first 2:08 of the half. An Angie Rodgers' three-pointer stopped the run before yet another PSU run. A 22-12 spurt gave Penn State a 75-40 lead with 7:55 to play.
FAU managed a 25-10 run which ultimately led to a game-ending 26-13 advantage to cut the final deficit to 23 points.
The loss was not without its bright spots for FAU as they forced Penn State into 24 turnovers against 17 of their own. FAU also made it to the free throw line 38 times, connecting on 26 attempts. Seniors Chantale Jones and Kristy Halvorsen each scored 11 points while Crystal Boyland led FAU with 10 rebounds. Pierce went 9-of-11 from the line.
"I know it's not a win, and I'm not pleased with that," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "But I am pleased knowing that we can play a top-25 school and knowing we're not too far away from there. That gives us something to work on."
Penn State was led by Kelly Mazzante's 21 points. Courtney Upshaw added 14 points along with 12 rebounds.. The Lady Lions' height advantage also resulted in 10 blocks.
FAU next faces either Oklahoma State or Weber State Saturday at 2:00pm EST. The tournament concludes with a game Sunday against an opponent to be determined. The rest of the field includes host Hawaii, Minnesota, Stanford, and Wyoming.