Dec. 7, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL -- The University of Pittsburgh defeated Florida Atlantic University, 101-87, Saturday in the consolation of the FAU Radisson Suites Roundball Classic. Tamica Pierce led FAU with a season-high 25 points while Pitt's Mandy Wittenmyer led all scorers with 31 points.
FAU never led in the game, and the first turning point came with 14:19 left in the first half. That's when Pittsburgh went on a 16-0 run to take a 30-13 lead with 10:00 loeft in the half. FAU would get as close 42-29 with 2:14 left before the Panthers closed the half on a 9-2 run and led 51-33.
In the second half, the Panthers broke the game open. Leading 57-44 with 16:16 remaining, Pitt went on a 30-8 run to take an 87-52 lead with 9:44 left in the game. The Lady Owls then went on a furious rally with a 31-8 run to close the gap to 95-83 with 1:03 to play. That was as close as FAU would get as Pittsburgh went on the win by 14.
Trineca McCleod and Angie Rodgers each scored 14 for FAU while Janka Deckerova had 11. Deckerova went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. McCleod finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. FAU shot 53.6 from the field but allowed Pittsburgh to shoot 56.5 percent. The difference was in turnovers as FAU committed 33 compared to Pittsburgh's 23.
Julie Goad scored eight points and dished out nine assists to go along with three steals. Pierce had a game-high five steals and went 7-for-7 from the line. Jennifer Olson had nine points on 4-for-6 shooting.
"I thought our pressure up top was a lot better in the second half after we made an adjustment at halftime," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "We just dug ourselves too deep of a hole with the turnovers. Now we just need to use these next nine days to get back out on the practice court and go back to work."
Florida Atlantic next plays at the University of Miami December 16 in Coral Gables, FL.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME --Rachel Friesen-Norwood scored 20 points to lead UNC-Wilmington past Bowling Green, 72-55, in the championship game of the FAU Radisson Suites Roundball Classic on Saturday. Friesen-Norwood went 10-for-14 from the field and was named tournament MVP.
Jennifer Kapper and Rachel Wojdowski each scored 13 points and were also named to the All-Tournament team.
UNC-Wilmington (5-0) led 30-29 at the half before outscoring the Falcons 42-26 in the second half. The Seahawks outshot Bowling Green 44.4 percent to 32.7 percent. That included 7-for-18 from beyond the arc.
Bowling Green (2-3) was led by Kim Griech, who scored 30 points. Griech went 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. The Seahawks held a 43-27 edge on the boards.
Pittsburgh's Mandy Wittenmyer was also named to the All-Tournament team.
2002 FAU Radisson Suites Roundball Classic All-Tournament Team
Rachel Friesen-Norwood (UNC-Wilmington) -- MVP
Jennifer Kapper (UNC-Wilmington)
Rachel Wojdowski (UNC-Wilmington)
Kim Griech (Bowling Green)
Mandy Wittenmyer (Pittsburgh)