Dec. 6, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL -- Bowling Green State University defeated Florida Atlantic University, 77-62, Friday night in the first round of the FAU Radisson Suites Roundball Classic. FAU's Jennifer Olson scored a game-high 12 points, but it wasn't enough as the Falcons led by as many as 32 points in the second half.
FAU (0-5) jumped out to a 14-9 lead with 12:22 left in the first half before BGSU scored eight straight points over the next 4:37 to lead 17-14 with 7:45 left in the half. A jumper by Pierce stopped the drought and pulled FAU to within 17-16 before Bowling Green went on an 18-9 run to lead 35-23 with 1:18 left. A layup by Karen Stocz with three seconds left put the Falcons in front by 11 heading to the break.
The Falcons took control of the game early in the second half. After a layup by Olson cut the lead to 40-29, BGSU went on an 11-0 run to take a 51-29 lead with 15:53 to play. After a pair of free throws by Janka Deckerova stopped the run, the Falcons went on a 7-0 run to lead 58-31 with 13:17 left.
BGSU (2-2) built its largest lead at 67-35 with 8:10 to play. FAU closed the game outscoring the Falcons 27-10.
"Bowling Green played really well," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "They took us out of everything we wanted to do. We just didn't play hard for forty minutes, and you can't win when you do that."
BGSU was led by Francine Miller who scored 11 points. Stocz, Megan Jerome, and Pam Brown each scored 10.
BGSU held FAU to 30.0 percent shooting, including 27.5 percent in the second half. The Falcons connected on 45.2 percent of their shots.
Florida Atlantic faces Pittsburgh Saturday at 5:00pm in the consolation game while Bowling Green will play UNC-Wilmington in the championship game at 7:00pm.
UNC-Wilmington 79, Pittsburgh 59 -- Jennifer Kapper and Shannon Presswood each scored 13 points to lead UNC-Wilington (4-0) past Pittsburgh, 79-59, in the opening round of the FAU Radisson Suites Roundball Classic.
The Seahawks opened up a 15-2 lead in the game's first seven minutes and built a 43-21 lead at the half. In the second half, UNC-Wilmington led by as many as 32 points and was never challenged on its way to the 20-point victory.
Pittsburgh (3-2) was held to just 39.3 percent shooting while UNC-Wilmington shot 53.9 percent. The Seahawks held a 43-30 edge on the boards.
Tracy Morgan and Rachael Friesen-Norwood added 11 points each for UNC-Wilmington.
Pittsburgh was led by Brooke Stewart and Shavon Earp as both scored 14 points. Mandy Wittenmyer added 11 for the Panthers.