Feb. 24, 2005
TROY, Ala.-Takira Allen netted her 1,000 career point as UCF fell to
Troy, 71-50. The loss snapped the Golden Knights' seven-game win streak.
The Black and Gold fall to 17-8 on the season and 15-3 in the Atlantic
Sun, while the Trojans improved to 11-13 on the season and 10-7 in the
Allen led the Golden Knights with 17 points, while Francine Houston
netted 10. Ali Roberts paced the Knights in blocks with three, while
Celeste Hudson topped in steals with two. Houston and Shayla Smith each
had three assists for the Black and Gold.
In the first 20 minutes of action, Houston started things off with a
three-pointer 32 seconds in. The Trojans responded with a three from Amy
Lewis. Roberts netted the next basket for the Golden Knights only to
have Lewis answer with a jumper of her own for Troy.
Valensia Hairston gave the Trojans a two-point lead at the 14:26 mark.
Allen evened the score at seven apiece 13 seconds later. Hairston came
back with a jumper of her own to put Troy in the lead again.
Smith hit a three with 13:05 to go in the half to give UCF a one-point
lead. Hairston responded with a three to put Troy back in the lead. Troy
then went on a 13-4 run putting the Trojans up 25-14 with 6:30 to play.
The Black and Gold began to chip away at Troy's lead after a jumper by
Hudson and a layup by Allen, her 1,000 career point, to bring the
Knights to within seven. Two free throws by Houston brought UCF to
The half ended with a 10-2 run by the Trojans to give them the lead, 35-22. Allen led the Knights in the first half with six points, while Roberts was second with four. Roberts and Shelby Weber were leading the team in blocks with one apiece. Lashaunda Slade paced the Knights with two assists, while Hudson had one steal.
The second half started off with a jumper by Laura Lee Holman for the Trojans. Weber followed that up with a jumper of her own only to have Alecia Jones hit one for Troy. The baskets went back and forth before the Trojans began to pull further away.
In the first 10 minutes of the second half, Troy outscored UCF 19-14 to give the Trojans an 18-point lead over the Knights. The Black and Gold were never able to get back on track after that.
With 2:08 to go in the game, Troy went up by 23 points, their largest lead of the night. The game ended with the Trojans up, 71-50.
The Golden Knights return to action on Wednesday, March 2 when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Belmont at 9 p.m. Listen to the game live over the internet at www.ucfathletics.com.