Dec. 2, 2011
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - It happened several times throughout the second half -- Gevenia Carter or Erika Jones or Kayli Keough would come up with a timely bucket to cut the deficit to single digits with the hope of jumpstarting a rally. But every time the UCF women's basketball team stepped just an inch closer, FIU found a way to sink a shot or two through the hoop.
Backed by sophomore guard Jerica Coley's third 30-point game of the season, FIU (5-3) managed to walk away with a 61-46 decision over UCF (3-4) on Friday night at UCF Arena.
"We would start to get some momentum and we'd have a mistake, and they would make us pay for it," UCF head coach Joi Williams said. "We gave up 14 offensive boards. I think that was the story of the night."
Keough tallied double figures for the third time in the past four games with a team-high 13 points. Jones scored 12 points and fell one rebound shy of a double-double while Carter filled the stat sheet with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Still without senior Aisha Patrick due to a death in the family, UCF toyed with its starting lineup once again as sophomore Leo Montalvo registered her first career start.
The Knights went toe to toe with the Panthers in the first 10 minutes of the game as a Jones layup cut UCF's deficit to 16-15 before FIU went on a 14-1 run. The Panthers maintained a 14-point edge at the half before UCF capitalized with six unanswered points from Keough and Jones to open the second half.
UCF cut it to 53-43 with 5:34 to go in the game when Meghan Keough found Jones for a jumper in the paint, but FIU put the game out of reach by scoring eight of the game's final nine points.
The Knights will take the next six days to regroup before hosting Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8.
"There's definitely some things to work on, obviously. We allowed a girl to score 30 points, so we have some things we need to fix," Kayli Keough said. "We're going to try to change it so that ... we know we've given all we can, taken everything seriously, [and are] being 100 percent focused in order to change the direction we're on now. "