March 2, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Jenny Conkle scored 17 points for Belmont as the Bruins defeated UCF, 63-49. With the loss, the Golden Knights fell to 17-9 on the season and 15-4 in the Atlantic Sun, while Belmont improved to a 16-10 mark on the season and 11-8 in the conference.
Francine Houston led the Knights with 13 points, while Takira Allen followed with 12. Keunta Miles paced the team in steals with two, while Shelby Weber and Ali Roberts had two blocks each. Weber also topped the team in rebounds with eight.
The first half started out with Brooke Sunday hitting a jumper followed by a layup by Brandi Miller to put Belmont up 4-0. The Golden Knights responded with a three-pointer by Houston.
Over the next six minutes, Belmont outscored UCF 13-4 with Hollie Davis leading the way for the Bruins to give them a 17-8 lead. The next five minutes, Belmont hit five three-pointers for a total of 15 points, while UCF only netted five points.
By the 4:57 mark in the first half, Belmont was up, 32-13, over the Knights. UCF began to chip away at the Briuns' lead and ended the half down by 16.
At the end of the first half, Belmont was up, 36-20. Houston paced the Knights with eight points, while Allen had five. Celeste Hudson led the team in rebounds with four, while Weber had one block.
The second half started with a layup by Weber only to have Davis respond with a three for Belmont. The two teams went back and forth with the shots for the next four minutes until Belmont netted five unanswered points to give the Bruins a 21 point lead with 13:07 to go.
The Golden Knights cut Belmont's lead to 16 four minutes later only to have the Bruins take back to 21 with just under seven minutes to go. UCF then went on an 11-3 run to end the game down 63-49.
As a team, UCF shot 31.1% from the field, 22.2% from the three-point line and 58.3% from the free throw line, while Belmont shot 43.1% from the field, 52.6% from behind the arc and 90.0% from the charity stripe.
Conkle led Belmont with 17 points followed by Davis who had 15 points. Miller recorded a double-double after netting 10 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
UCF return to action on Friday when they play Lipscomb at 5 p.m. Next week, the Golden Knights travel to Dothan, Ala. where they will participate in the 2005 Coca Cola Atlantic Sun Championship as the No. 1 seed.