Jan. 25, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF women's basketball team couldn't shake its recent shooting woes at Cincinnati in Saturday's 47-37 loss.
Neither team shot particularly well on the night - Cincinnati converted 33 percent to UCF's 29 percent - but the Knights (8-11, 1-7 The American) posted a season-low 37 points.
UCF senior Sara Djassi led the Knights in scoring for the fifth-straight game with a game-high 12 points. Forward Stephanie Taylor grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Bearcats' leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins was sidelined due to injury for the game. Alyesha Lovett picked up the slack with three 3-pointers in the first nine minutes to allow Cincinnati (9-10, 2-6) to command a 19-9 lead over UCF.
The Knights responded with five unanswered points from Erika Jones, Djassi and Brittni Montgomery and UCF was able to keep it close through the rest of the half (24-19) thanks to a prolonged drought from the Bearcats.
UCF held Cincinnati scoreless from 5:15 remaining in the first half until nearly six minutes into the second half. Unfortunately, the Knights couldn't take full advantage, scoring just four points to get as close as 24-23 before Cincinnati broke through with six unanswered points, 30-23.
The Bearcats pushed their lead back out to double digits and though UCF's press did put some pressure on Cincinnati, it wasn't enough to overcome the gap.
The Knights travel to Memphis on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET before returning home for a Feb. 1 matchup against Houston that will serve as the 10K Gold Rush game with plenty of prizes in store for fans.