UCF Women's Basketball Falls at ECU, 65-50

GO KNIGHTS Aisha Patrick led UCF in scoring for the 12th time this season on Thursday night.
Aisha Patrick led UCF in scoring for the 12th time this season on Thursday night.

Feb. 23, 2012

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By Jenna Marina

GREENVILLE, N.C. (UCFAthletics.com) - There are some nights in basketball when a team is so hot that whenever the ball leaves a player's hands, it's going through the net. Unfortunately for the UCF women's basketball team, ECU had one of those nights.

UCF (12-14, 7-7 C-USA) dropped a 65-50 loss to ECU (9-18, 3-11 C-USA) on Thursday night at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates drained 10 three-pointers on the night to split the regular-season series.

Junior forward Kayli Keough nearly recorded a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Aisha Patrick also scored a team-high 11 points.

ECU sank 6-of-8 from downtown in the first half while the Knights could only score from the free throw line as they were held without a field goal for nearly nine minutes. When Shayla Hodges hit three-consecutive treys, she gave the Pirates their largest lead of the first half, 26-13, with 4:37 to go.

Freshman Bryeasha Blair chipped in a jumper in the paint to end UCF's drought from the field with 2:30 remaining, and she later found sophomore Leo Montalvo for a three-pointer from the right wing to give UCF some momentum heading into the locker room as it faced a 10-point deficit, 30-20.

The Pirates converted six free throws to fuel an 11-4 run to open the second half and the Knights could never get close again. Freshman Stephanie Taylor played extended minutes off the bench and scored a career-high six points in the second half.

UCF continues on to Houston to face the Cougars on Sunday at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Network.

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.



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