Nov. 24, 2001
HONOLULU, HI - Florida Atlantic University was defeated by Weber State University, 85-63, Saturday morning in Honlulu, HI. The loss drops FAU to 0-2 as they continue their season-opening play at the Rainbow Wahine Classic hosted by the University of Hawaii. For the second straight game, Tamica Pierce led FAU with a game-high 27 points.
Weber State (3-1) opened the game on a 15-4 run before a jumper by Pierce with 8:27 left in the half completed a 13-2 run by the Lady Owls to tie the score at 17. Both teams played virtually even the rest of the half with the largest lead being four by Weber State as the Wildcats held a 34-33 edge at the break.
FAU started slowly in the second half as Weber State opened with a 13-7 run to take a 47-40 lead with 12:54 remaining in the game. FAU would get as close as four points with 11:02 left before the Wildcats closed the door with a 16-4 run to take a 66-50 lead with 5:46 left. Weber State's largest lead was the final margin.
Chantale Jones was the only other Lady Owl in double figures withy 14 points. The 5-3 senior also led FAU with eight rebounds. Pierce went 11-of-13 from the line and is 20-of-24 overall in her first two games as a Lady Owl.
Weber State was led by Stephanie Stanger, who scored 20 points. Kris Clyder-Gardner had 17 points which included 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Crystal Howe had 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Wildcats shot 38 percent from the field but 40 percent (12-of-30) from three-point range. They outrebounded the Lady Owls 51-39.
FAU shot 52 percent (14-of-27) in the first half before struggling with 27 percent (9-of-33) in the second half. For the game, the Lady Owls shot 38 percent.
FAU will conclude its tournament play Sunday with a game against the loser of Saturday's Wyoming-Minnesota game at 11:30am HST (4:30pm EST).
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