Nov. 29, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University (0-4) was outscored 54-26 in the second half en route to an 83-57 loss to the University of Louisville (1-1), Friday, in Boca Raton, FL. Trineca McCleod led FAU with a season-high 15 points while Louisville's Amanda Wolke scored a game-high 17 points. McCleod went 7-for-8 from the field.
FAU led 31-29 at the half but was dominated in the second half. Louisville shot 62 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes, going 21-for-34. Wolke scored 10 of her 17 points in the second half. The Cardinals dominated even more on the boards, outrebounding FAU 46-30 for the game and 25-8 in the second half. Louisville also forced FAU into 30 turnovers. Sara Nord scored 13 of her 16 points for Louisville in the second half.
The Lady Owls' last lead of the night came on a Crystal Boyland jumper with 19:26 remaining that gave FAU a 33-31 lead. Louisville then went on an 11-1 run over the next 3:10 to lead 42-34 with 16:16 to play. FAU would never get closer than six points the rest of the way.
Early on, it looked as if FAU was poised to pick up its first victory of the season. The Lady Owls jumped out to a 6-0 lead with 17:54 left in the first half before Louisville responded with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 10-6 lead. After that, both teams settled in the rest of the half with no lead exceeding four points. A pair of free throws by Shontavia Williams with 6:50 left in the half helped FAU regain the lead at 24-23.
"We just got outplayed in the second half," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "It seemed to be like a domino effect as the half went on."
"It's still early in the season," added Dugan. "We're still working on being more cohesive as a team."
In all, Louisville outshot FAU 47 percent to 39 percent. The Cardinals held FAU to just 35 percent in the second half.
Three other Cardinals finished in double figures. Angel Bradley had 14 points while Tiana Ford and Nina Simotes each scored 10.
Florida Atlantic next hosts Bowling Green December 6 in the first round of the FAU Radisson Suites Roundball Classic.