Jan. 20, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. -
Celeste Hudson led UCF with 13 points and eight rebounds as the Knights defeated Mercer 60-45. With the win, the Black and Gold improved to 8-6 on the season and 5-1 in the Atlantic Sun, while the Bears fell to 5-9 on the season and 3-4 in the A-Sun.
Hudson was 5-for-11 from the field and 3-for-6 from the three-point line with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and three steals. Lashaunda Slade led the team in assists with seven, while Ali Roberts tied Hudson with eight rebounds.
In addition to Hudson's 13 points, there were two other Knights in double-digits. Roberts had 11 points while Francine Houston had 10.
In the first half of action, Roberts started the game with a layup from Hudson. The Knights and Bears fought for the lead with four different lead changes before the first 20 minutes were up. UCF went on a 6-0 run after Mercer tied the score with 8:18 left in the half. The teams went into the locker rooms with UCF up 27-23.
At the end of the first half, Slade and Shayla Smith led the Knights in points with six, while Hudson and Roberts each had five rebounds apiece.
In the second half, the Knights were up by as many as 16 after outscoring the Bears 32-20. During that span, Hudson scored 11 of the 32 points. The game ended with UCF up 60-45.
The Black and Gold out shot the Bears 24-18 and out blocked them 5-2.
Karen Hickman led Mercer with 11 points, while Erin Keller had 10. Tanya Kessenich led the Bears in rebounds with six. The Golden Knights were able to hold Jessica Miller, Mercer's leading scorer, to just eight points.
UCF returns to action on Saturday, January 22 when they host Georgia State at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for Saturday's game. Adults are $5. Youth age 17 and under and seniors age 55 and older pay $3. Children under five and UCF students with a valid UCF student I.D. are admitted free. Tickets for all Golden Knights women's basketball games are available at the door and by calling (407) UCF-GOLD.
Mark your calendars for the Saturday, February 5th game when UCF will host Stetson at 2:00 p.m. If you bring a canned food item to the game, you will be admitted for free while the canned food will be donated to help in the relief of the Tsunami victims.