Women's Basketball Comes Up Short
Tamica Pierce led FAU with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Tamica Pierce led FAU with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Dec. 30, 2002

Final Stats

ATLANTA, GA -- Florida Atlantic University (2-8) was defeated by East Carolina University, 86-78, Monday afternoon in Atlanta, GA. The contest was a first-round game at the Georgia Tech Atlanta NW Holiday Invitational. FAU was led by Tamica Pierce, who scored 21 points and picked up her seventh career double-double with 10 rebounds. ECU's Alisha Bishop scored a game-high 23 points.

The lead changed hands several times in the first 10 minutes of the game. With FAU leading 20-19 on a layup by Jennifer Olson with 10:38 left in the half, ECU (5-4) took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Stefanie Warner. ECU would go on to lead 41-31 at the half.

In the second half, FAU launched several rallies to try to get even. The first came after Tali Robich hit a three to give the Pirates a 44-33 lead with 18:54 to play. The Lady Owls would hold ECU scoreless for nearly three minutes and, with a trey by Angie Rodgers and a jumper by Pierce, would close the gap to 44-38 with 16:02 left.

However, ECU would edge back out in front by 10 points before another Rodgers three and free throws by Pierce pulled FAU to within 48-43 with 14:05 to play.

The Pirates would once again lead by 10 points at the 8:28 mark before back-to-back threes by Rodgers and Crystal Boyland and a free throw by Olson closed the gap to three points with 6:42 remaining.

FAU would get no closer than three points the rest of the way but did trail just 75-72 with 1:19 to play on two free throws by Rodgers. However, ECU would score the next six points en route to the eight-point win.

"We kept fighting back all game long," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "It just seemed that each time we had a chance to tie or take a lead we would commit a foul or not get a rebound."



"While it's disappointing to lose, I was encouraged by the fact we didn't give up. We brought a two-game winning streak into the tournament, and I think our team has really started to come together."

ECU finished the game going 32-for-48 from the line while FAU went 19-for-28. Rodgers ended up with 19 points and made a career-high four three-pointers, all in the second half. Boyland had 18 points, including a career-high three treys.

FAU shot 38.5 percent for the game while ECU was 37.7 percent from the field. Each team shot well from beyond the arc with FAU going 9-for-25 for 36.0 percent. ECU went 8-19 for 42.1 percent. Bishop, alone, went 5-for-6.

The Pirates outrebounded the Lady Owls 49-37. Both teams turned the ball over 20 times.

Florida Atlantic next faces St. John's in Tuesday's consolation game at 1:00pm.

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