Feb. 22, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - A wild finish left the UCF women's basketball team heartbroken at the hands of Cincinnati at CFE Arena on Saturday.
The Bearcats (12-15, 5-11) stole a 50-49 win over the Knights (10-17, 3-13) when guard Alyesha Lovett managed to drive the length of the floor in six seconds and sneak in a buzzer-beating layup.
UCF freshman Zykira Lewis recorded a career high for the third time in two weeks with a game-high 22 points. It marked the fourth-straight game she led her team in scoring as well as her sixth-straight game of posting double figures.
Save for the first five minutes, the Knights held the upperhand for the majority of Saturday's matchup until the Bearcats made things interesting with two minutes to go. Cincinnati cut a once 12-point lead to 47-45 after Kayla Cook swished a 3-pointer from the right side.
Offensive production stalled for both squads. UCF senior Sara Djassi, the Knights' top free throw shooter, missed a bonus free throw.
Lovett missed two layups, but as UCF junior guard Andrea Hines tried to heave a touchdown pass to Lewis open past halfcourt, it was intercepted.
With numbers, Lovett drove the paint and drew the foul, completing the and-1 to give her team a 48-47 lead with 21.5 remaining.
Coming out of a UCF timeout, Djassi chipped in a go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds remaining that brought UCF's bench to its feet.
But the Bearcats had one more card to play with Lovett's game-winning drive to sweep the regular-season series.
UCF junior Brittni Montgomery recorded a game-high 11 rebounds, and the Knights converted 10-of-12 from the free throw line, including a perfect performance through the first seven attempts.
UCF will honor its senior class, Erika Jones and Djassi, on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Temple in their final game at CFE Arena