Dec. 4, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University shot just 25 percent in a 72-61 loss to Central Florida Thursday night in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams. FAU was led by Trineca McCleod, who scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds in the effort. UCF's Celeste Hudson led all scorers with 16 points.
FAU (1-3, 0-1 A-Sun) spent the entire evening trying to climb back as UCF (2-3, 1-0 A-Sun) never let the Lady Owls lead. The largest lead came late in the game when the Golden Knights led by as many as 15 points.
"We had every opportunity to step up and take the victory," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "I like how intense our defense was. We forced them into some bad shots and turnovers. We just didn't capitalize on our end."
The Lady Owls shot just 5-for-30 from the field in the first half, but never trailed by more than 10 points. That's because UCF struggled as well but did finish the frame 11-for-30 for 37 percent. FAU missed its first 10 shots of the game before Cristal Randolph hit a three-pointer at the 15:07 mark to tie the game at 3-3.
A three-pointer by Shelby Weber with 5:45 left in the half gave UCF a 23-13 lead. The Golden Knights led 29-22 at the half.
In the second half, after a three-pointer by DeeAnna Hanscom cut the UCF lead to 46-38 with 12:08 remaining, the Golden Knights went on a 7-1 run to lead 53-49 at the 10:11 mark.
FAU would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as it finished just 16-for-63 from the field. UCF shot 40 percent for the game on 25-for-62 shooting.
FAU forced 20 turnovers and committed a season-low 16. UCF outrebounded FAU 50-44.
The Lady Owls converted 23 of 32 free throw attempts with McCleod making 11 of her 14 attempts. Shontavia Williams, who finished with nine points, went 7-for-10 from the line.
Florida Atlantic next faces UAB December 18 in Birmingham, AL.