Feb. 8, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
TAMPA, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - A pair of career-high performances from two starters was not enough to propel the UCF women's basketball team over USF in Saturday afternoon's matchup. The Knights (9-14, 2-10) dropped an 89-54 decision to the rival Bulls (13-10, 8-4) in their first matchup at the Sun Dome in 14 years.
UCF junior guard Andrea Hines tallied 19 points thanks to a near automatic 11-of-13 performance from the free throw line to lead the Knights in scoring for the first time this season. Freshman Zykira Lewis added 17 points for her 14th game of double figures this year.
Erika Jones grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to catapult herself among the program's top-three career leaders (825).
A 16-2 run allowed USF to take an 18-6 edge before Stephanie Taylor snapped the Bulls' hold by drawing a foul that put UCF in the bonus with 8:36 to play in the first. She made the first of two, and Brittni Montgomery chipped in a putback, 18-9.
But USF continued to fluster the Knights by continuously grabbing offensive rebounds for an extra 12 second-chance points. They also made the most of opportunities presented from UCF's turnovers, converting 17 points. By halftime, the Bulls had extended their lead to 46-17.
Although the second-half played out much closer, 43-37 in the Bulls' favor, UCF could not make enough of a push for the lead. USF's Jayla King swished a 3-pointer with 24 seconds on the clock to cap the score at 89 - the most points UCF has allowed an opponent to score this season.
UCF returns to Orlando for Tuesday's "Play 4 Kay" Pink Game against SMU at 7 p.m. on the American Digital Network. For $5, fans can enter a raffle for a chance to win a custom UCF themed 49cc motorized scooter. All proceeds will benefit Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. Contact the UCF women's basketball office at 407-823-6266 to buy raffle tickets.