Jan. 18, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Playing against its rival on its home court for the first time since 1999, the UCF women's basketball team struggled through a shooting slump Saturday in its 63-38 loss to USF.
Junior forward Stephanie Taylor nearly tallied her first double-double of the year with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Sara Djassi also scored 9 points while Brittni Montgomery recorded a game-high 11 rebounds.
After the Knights (8-9, 1-5 The American) fell behind 8-0 in the opening minutes, Taylor put her team on her back with UCF's first seven points to inch the gap to a single possession, 10-7, with 11:42 to go.
But the rest of the Knights struggled to shake off the rust as Zykira Lewis was the only other Knight with points on the board (6) in the first half until freshman Jordan Jackson snuck in a 3-pointer in the final minute.
Meanwhile, the Bulls (9-8, 4-2) built a double-digit cushion to cruise into the break with a 27-16 edge, holding the Knights to their lowest offensive output in a half this season.
The second half did not fare much better for UCF as the team posted its lowest offensive production of the season (14-of-57) to let USF walk away with a 63-38 win.
The Knights stay put in Orlando for a Wednesday matchup against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Season tickets, mini-plans and group packages are still available by calling (407) UCF-1000 or visiting UCFKnights.com.