ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Like so many times this year, senior guard Aisha Patrick sped her way down court, sliced through the lane and drew the and-one. Just like that, UCF's once-20-point deficit was down to five, 56-51, with 36 seconds remaining in the game.
Unfortunately, the UCF women's basketball team (12-13, 7-6 C-USA) could not upend Memphis (20-6, 10-3 C-USA) Sunday afternoon, succumbing to a 61-54 decision in the Susan G. Komen Pink Game at UCF Arena.
Trailing 53-35 with just over seven minutes to go in the game, UCF kicked it into high gear on a 16-3 run, capped by Patrick's three-point play. Gevenia Carter sank a pair of free throws to inch the score 58-54, but the Knights would get no closer as they were forced to put the Tigers on the free throw line to stop the clock.
Even though the Tigers converted a dismal 9-of-23 from the line in the second half, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir converted her attempts when they counted, sinking 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to close out the game.
Carter paced the Knights with a game-high 23 points, and Patrick added 16 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Erika Jones recorded a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with her seven points.
The Knights simply ran out of time to compensate for their offensive performance in the first half. Although UCF got decent looks at the basket, many of the team's shots rimmed in and out. UCF converted six field goals compared to the Tigers' 14.
The Knights headed into halftime facing a 35-18 deficit, and although they outscored the Tigers by 10 points in the second half, UCF fell short of the rally win.
UCF heads out for two road games, traveling first to East Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m. As always, the IMG Sports Network will broadcast all of UCF's games live on UCFAthletics.com with a subscription plan. Scott Adams will provide the play-by-play. Live stats are also available via UCFAthletics.com.