March 4, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Takira Allen led UCF with 15 points as the Golden Knights women's basketball team defeated Lipscomb, 54-51, first time in program history. With the win, the Black and Gold improve to 18-9 on the season and 16-4 in the Atlantic Sun, while the Lady Bisons fall to 13-14 on the season and 10-10 in the conference.
Allen was 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Keunta Miles and Lashaunda Slade were second on the team in points with 10 apiece. Ali Roberts topped the team in blocks with five and rebounds with nine.
The first half started with Courtney Boynton hitting a three for Lipscomb followed by three free throws by Lindsay Daly. The Lady Bisons were up 6-0 before UCF netted their first basket. The Golden Knights then went on a 10-0 to go up 10-6 less than seven minutes in.
Boynton hit another three for Lipscomb to make the 10-9. UCF answered with a 7-2 run over the next five minutes to make it 17-11 in favor of the Black and Gold with 8:50 to go in the half.
Katie Beth Pate hit a jumper for the Lady Bisons with 6:51 to go followed by a layup by Miles and two free throws by Allen to put the Golden Knights up 21-13. Daly hit a three for Lipscomb only to have Miles respond with a layup for UCF.
Penny Jones then hit two free throws for the Lady Bisons giving the Knights a 23-18 lead. Miles netted another layup followed by one by Allen.
With just under two minutes to play, Boynton hit two free throws for Lipscomb. One minute later, Boynton hit a three-pointer for the Lady Bisons. The Knights took the ball to the other end of the court where Miles was fouled with 0.7 seconds to go and made both shots to put give the Black and Gold a 29-23 lead at halftime.
Miles and Allen netted 12 points in the last six minutes of the half with Miles netting eight of the 12.
At the end of the first half, Allen was leading UCF with 10 points followed by Miles with eight. Allen was also leading the Golden Knights in blocks with three while Slade paced the team in assists with two. There were four Knights who each had four rebounds.
The second half started out similar to the first with Lipscomb going on a 10-4 run to open the half and tie the score up at 33 apiece in less than five minutes. The two teams went back and forth with the score during the second half with no one pulling away. There were four ties in the half with no taking a lead larger than five points.
UCF took the lead for the last time with 1:35 to go on a layup by Slade. Roberts added two more after hitting a jumper to give the Golden Knights a three-point lead. The game ended with UCF up, 54-51.
Boynton led Lipscomb with 17 points, while Daly had 10. Pate paced the Lady Bisons in rebounds with 10, while Catie Woods recorded four assists. Pate also topped the team in blocks with three, while Daly had two steals.
The Golden Knights return to action next week when they travel to Dothan, Ala. to participate in the 2005 Coca Cola Atlantic Sun Championship as the No. 1 seed. All games will be aired live over the internet at www.ucfathletics.com.