Nov. 28, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- Shontavia Williams scored a career-high 19 points to lead Florida Atlantic University (1-1) to an 88-71 victory over Norfolk State Saturday in the first round of the FAU/Embassy Suites Classic in Boca Raton. With the win, FAU advances to Saturday's championship against Manhattan.
Norfolk State jumped out early on the Lady Owls, securing a 16-13 lead with 13:22 left in the half. That's when the Lady Owls went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good. The string included five points each by Williams and Julie Goad. FAU would lead 48-37 at the half.
NSU was helped in the first half by Dekisha Thompson, who scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first frame.
In the second half, NSU pulled to within 57-51 at the 14:09 mark after back-to-back three-pointers by Shenae Johnson, who finished with 17 points.
That's as close as the Spartans would get as the Lady Owls built as much as a 19-point lead with 1:35 to play.
"I was pleased with our intensity," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We've got a long way to to be where I think we can be, but we worked hard tonight."
Williams scored 11 points in the second half while going 5-for-10 from the field with two treys. She also was 7-for-10 from the line. Her total surpassed her previous career high of 18 points set February 13, 2003, at Campbell.
FAU forced 34 turnovers by Norfolk State while holding the Spartans to 39-percent shooting. A total of 12 different Lady Owls figured in the scoring effort.
In earlier action, Manhattan (2-0) defeated Middle Tennessee State (2-1) by a score of 70-65.
Saturday's schedule has MTSU taking on Norfolk State at 5:00pm in the consolation with FAU facing Manhattan at 7:00pm.