Misstep at Memphis

Jan. 29, 2014

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By Jenna Marina

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UCFKnights.com) - On any other day, when a team converts more field goals than its opponent, it usually translates to a check mark in the W column.

Unfortunately for the UCF women's basketball team, Wednesday at Memphis was not its day. Although the Knights knocked down 21 field goals to Memphis' 20, they were edged by the Tigers, 62-53, at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Backed by offensive power from Sara Djassi and Zykira Lewis, UCF (8-12, 1-8) erased a once 12-point deficit to a single possession, 56-53, with 1:43 left to play to force a Memphis timeout. The Tigers (11-10, 4-5) drew up a play for their leading scorer Ariel Hearn, who drained a 3-pointer in front of her bench and with it, deflated the Knights' hopes of a comeback.

Djassi netted 17 points to lead UCF in scoring for the sixth-straight game. She was joined in double figures by Lewis, who finished one point shy of her career-best with 15 to go along with 7 rebounds.

Senior Erika Jones grabbed the 800th rebound of her career in the content, joining a club at UCF that had just three members before her. She recorded it with 13:15 to go in the first half, cleaning up the glass off Memphis guard Devin Mack's errant jumper.

Lewis got some things going for the Knights early with a 3-pointer that followed a pair of free throws. Memphis, who had two of its starters (Breigha Wilder-Cochran and Pa'Sonna Hope) sidelined for the game, turned to Mack to take over the reins.

She couldn't be stopped from behind the arc with a trio of 3-pointers to swing momentum in the Tigers' favor. They pushed their advantage to double digits when Mooriah Roswer came up with a steal at halfcourt and finished with a layup, 24-14.

UCF struggled to get over the 10-point threshold as the Knights went scoreless for five minutes until Stephanie Taylor's offensive rebound and putback with 46 seconds to go rested the score at the break, 32-22.

Djassi and Montgomery put up five answered points out of the break and the Knights continued to grind away at the gap, but Memphis made the most of its attempts at the free throw line, where they converted 17-of-25 for the game, to stay a step ahead and seal the sweep.

The Knights return to Orlando on Feb. 1 to face Houston in their 10K Gold Rush game on the American Digital Network. Admission is free for UCF students and $2 for the general public while plenty of prizes are in store for fans, including chances to win $10,000 or $25,000 and a Chevy Camaro.



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