Dec. 30, 2003
TAMPA, FL -- Despite a career-high 23 points by Trineca McCleod, Florida Atlantic University was defeated by South Florida, 82-56, Tuesday afternoon in Tampa, FL. FAU was unable to overcome a season-high 35 turnovers as it fell to 1-7 on the year. Jessica Dickson and Nalini Miller each led the Bulls with 18 points and 10 rebounds apiece.
FAU's prospects looked favorable early on as it built a seven-point lead at the 11:58 mark of the first half. DeeAnna Hanscom's three-point play put the Lady Owls on top 18-11. A jumper by Cristal Randolph with 9:54 left in the half gave FAU a 22-15 lead.
USF came back to regain the lead with a 12-2 run over the next 4:58 to give it a 27-24 advantage with 4:54 left in the half. FAU took a brief lead, at 28-27, at the 3:52 mark before the Bulls closed the half leading 36-30.
South Florida scored the first nine points of the second half and went on a 14-2 run overall to lead 50-32 with 16:10 left in the game. FAU countered with seven straight points but could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
"What hurt us most was the first five minutes of the second half when we gave up nine straight points," said FAU head coach Chancellor Dugan. "I was pleased with how hard we played today. We forced South Florida into a lot of turnovers. The problem was we gave it up too many times."
McCleod's career day came two days after posting a then season-high 19 points at Louisville.
USF shot 46 percent and held FAU to 41 percent.
The game was the last non-conference game of the season for FAU which next faces Jacksonville January 3 at 2:00pm in Jacksonville, FL.