Feb. 10, 2005
Celeste Hudson led UCF with a career tying high 28 points as the Golden Knights defeated Georgia State, 75-63. With the win, the Black and Gold improve to 14-7 on the season and 12-2 in the Atlantic Sun, while the Lady Panthers fell to 11-10 overall and 9-5 in league action.
Hudson was 10-for-15 from the field while hitting 6-of-8 from the three-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Ali Roberts was second on the team in points with 12. Along with Hudson and Roberts, Takira Allen and Francine Houston were also in double-digits. Shelby Weber and Allen tied on the team in rebounds with eight apiece. Weber also led UCF in blocks with five.
In the first half, Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen started the game off with a lay-up five seconds in for Georgia State. The Lady Panthers were up 4-0 before Hudson hit a jumper to put UCF on the board. Houston then made a lay-up to tie the score at four apiece.
Over the next four minutes, the lead went back and forth. The Knights then jumped out to their largest lead of the half seven minutes later at 11. During that time, UCF outscored Georgia State, 16-5, with Hudson leading the way with eight.
The Lady Panthers began to chip away at UCF's 11 point lead and went on an 11-0 run themselves to tie the score up with 2:46 to go in the half. Weber hit a jumper to give the Knights the lead again only to have Dee Dee Merriweather hit a three to put the Lady Panthers back in the lead. Hudson responded with a three of her own to put the Knights up by two. Both teams went into halftime with the Knights up, 32-30.
The first half ended with Hudson leading UCF with 13 points. Weber and Allen each had four rebounds for the Knights, while Weber also had two blocks.
The second half started the same way the first did with Roegiers-Jensen hitting a jumper seconds in. Roegiers-Jensen hit another jumper to put the Lady Panthers up by two before UCF scored in the second half.
Roberts hit a free throw less than a minute in to pull the Golden Knights to within one. Less than a minute later, Hudson hit a three-pointer to give UCF the lead. The Black and Gold were up by as many as 17 at one point in the second half.
As a team, the Knights shot 50.9% from the field, 53.3% from the three-point range and 73.3% from the free-throw line.
Hartman and Roegiers-Jensen led Georgia State with 16 points apiece. April Clyburn and Vatai Smith led the Lady Panthers in rebounds with six each. Smith also led the team in blocks with three, while Hartman led in steals with four.
The Black and Gold takes on the Mercer Bears Saturday at 2 p.m. UCF returns home on Thursday, February 17 when they host Gardner-Webb in game one of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team, who will take on Mercer at 7:30. Tickets for both games are still available.