Dec. 15, 2001
BOCA RATON, FL -- The University of Miami used a 44-22 run over the game's final 14:38 to defeat host Florida Atlantic University, 92-77, Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton, FL. Tamica Pierce led FAU (2-5) with 22 points while UM's Meghan Saake led all scorers with 24 points.
The first half was close throughout as neither team could manage more than a five point lead. FAU would use 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half to take a 40-38 halftime lead. The Lady Owls outscored UM 18-9 over the final 5:21 of the half.
Florida Atlantic kept its intense play going in the second half, outscoring the Hurricanes 15-10 in the first 5:15 to take a 55-48 lead. That would be FAU's largest lead of the game and one that would be gone in less than three minutes. UM's Hutashi Wilson made a three-pointer with 12:17 remaining to cap off an 11-2 run that gave UM the lead back for good at 59-57.
Trailing 73-63 with 6:06 remaining, Janka Deckerova hit back-to-back treys to pull FAU to within four points with 5:44 left. That was as close as the Lady Owls would get as UM outscored FAU 19-8 the rest of the way.
Deckerova ended up with 18 points and set a career-high with four three-pointers. Crystal Boyland and Kristy Halvorsen each added 11. Including Saake, five Hurricanes finished in double figures. Sheila James had 16 points, Kathryn Fowler 12, Alicia Hartlaub 11, and Shaquana Wilkins 10.
UM (6-2) outshot FAU 56 percent to 44 percent. The Hurricanes shot 64 percent in the second half, outscoring FAU 54-37 in the process. The Lady Owls committed 31 turnovers compared to the Hurricanes' 23. FAU held a 37-33 advantage on the boards.
FAU next plays Florida International December 18 at FAU Gymnasium in a game scheduled to begin at noon.