Feb. 2, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. -
Ali Roberts led UCF with 17 points as the Golden Knights defeated Florida Atlantic, 61-47. With the win, the Black and Gold improve to 11-7 on the season and 9-2 in the Atlantic Sun, while FAU falls to 8-10 on the season and 6-5 in conference action.
Roberts was 8-for-15 from the field and 1-for-2 from the free throw line while also grabbing nine rebounds. Celeste Hudson was second on the team in points with 15. Shelby Weber led the Golden Knights in rebounds with 10, while Lashaunda Slade led the team in assists with six.
UCF and Florida Atlantic went into halftime with the Golden Knights up 25-18. Hudson scored the first field goal of the game to put the Black and Gold up 2-0. Roberts followed that with a jumper of her own and a free throw. Hudson answered Roberts three points by scoring five more for UCF to put the Knights up 10-0.
The Lady Owls netted their first field goal at the 14:59 mark when Sally N'Diaya hit a jumper. Weber responded with a layup of her own followed by a free throw by LaShay King to give the Black and Gold an 11 point lead, their largest of the half.
FAU netted six unanswered points to bring the Lady Owls to within five of UCF's lead. The Golden Knights then outscored the Lady Owls 14-7 to end the half.
Hudson led UCF with nine points, while Weber had seven rebounds. Hudson also led the squad in steals with three, while Roberts led the Black and Gold in blocks with three.
N'Diaye led FAU with eight points, while Shontavia Williams had four rebounds. DeKesh Frazier led the Lady Owls in blocks with two, while Jackie Brown and Mistoria Brown each had two steals.
The second half started with Roberts hitting a jumper 36 seconds in. FAU then fought back to tie the score at 36 apiece with 11:35 to go. The Lady Owls outscored UCF 16-11 during that time.
The Golden Knights fought back to take the lead by outscoring Florida Atlantic 25-11 in the last 11 minutes with Francine Houston
leading the way with 11 points.
N'Diaye led the Lady Owls with 11 points, while Missy Glaser had 10 of her own. Williams led FAU in rebounds with nine boards as Brown led the team in steals with three.
The Golden Knights return home on Saturday, February 5 when they host Stetson at 2 p.m. Fans bringing a canned food item to the game will be admitted free of charge. All donations will be used to help in the relief of the Tsunami victims.
Tickets are still available for the February 5th game. Adults are $5. Youth age 17 and under and seniors age 55 and older are $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.