Nov. 27, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Shontavia Williams scored a game-high 21 points to lead Florida Atlantic University to its first win of the year, an 82-70 victory over Morehead State University in the consolation game of the FAU Thanksgiving Classic Saturday night in Boca Raton. Williams led three Lady Owls in double figures as Jackie Brown had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Missy Glaser scored a career-high 18 points, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. FAU (1-3) shot 38 percent for the game but 63 percent from beyond the arc.
"Tonight we came out with the intensity that our coaching staff has been talking about since day one," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We took good shots tonight, much like last night. The difference in this game is that they went in."
Williams and Glaser set the tone at the outset as both connected on three-pointers to give FAU a 6-0 lead in the first minute of the game. Glaser added another three a minute later and the Lady Owls led 11-2 at the 17:39 mark. The Lady Eagles responded with a 16-5 run and led 18-16 with 11:28 left in the first half.
A 12-0 run by FAU put the Lady Owls in front 28-18 four minutes later as FAU would take a 42-31 lead at the half.
The Lady Owls still led by 11 points with 11:44 left in the game before the Lady Eagles rallied. A 16-5 run over the next four minutes cut the FAU lead down to 61-60. FAU scored the next five points before the Lady Eagles pulled to within one again at 71-70 with 3:38 to go.
That's as close as MSU (0-3) would get as FAU scored the final 11 points of the game to take the 12-point victory. Brown scored nine of her 11 points in that final flurry.
Morehead State shot 40 percent for the game but just 4-for-15 from beyond the arc. TaNeisha Johnson led the Lady Eagles with 15 points.
Florida Atlantic next faces Lipscomb December 2 in its Atlantic Sun Conference opener at FAU Gymnasium.
In the championship game, James Madison defeated Youngstown State, 79-62. The All-Tournament team featured Williams, Morehead State's TaNeisha Johnson, Youngstown State's Jen Perugini and Barb Fabianova, and JMU's Krystal Brooks. JMU's Lesley Dickinson was named tournament MVP.