Dec. 7, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF women's basketball team strung together its third-straight win Saturday evening, pulling out an 84-79 victory over Flagler at CFE Arena.
A whistle-heavy game allowed Flagler (2-6) to hang with the Knights (7-1) until the final minutes as the Saints converted 27-of-33 from the charity stripe for the game.
But sophomore guard Briahanna Jackson came through for her team with a timely 3-pointer - and a foul -- with 42 seconds remaining that dashed the Saints hopes of an upset in their first meeting against the Knights in 30 years.
Jackson netted her second 30-point outing of the season with a game-high 31 points. Junior Sara Djassi added 17 points and freshman Zykira Lewis recorded her eighth-straight game of double figures with 14 points.
Junior Stephanie Taylor brought down a career-high 14 rebounds (including nine offensive) and junior Brittni Montgomery also posted double figures with 13 boards.
Although the game featured 13 lead changes, the Knights led by as much as 9 points in the first half thanks to a 10-0 run capped by a pair of Lewis free throws.
A combined 30 fouls were called in the first 20 minutes, and the Saints made the most of their opportunities at the line, sinking 15-of-20, while the Knights missed 10 free throws of their own.
After holding a 39-36 advantage at the half, the Knights once again pushed their lead out to nine, 45-36, after the break before Flagler chipped away with a 13-4 run to tie up the score at 49 with 13 minutes remaining.
The Saints pestered UCF the rest of the way and even took a 69-67 lead with six minutes remaining when Simone High made good on a layup. But Jackson took over from there with 12 of the Knights' final 17 points to seal the win.
Up next, UCF travels to Florida Atlantic on Friday at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets for UCF's New Year's Day matchup against UConn are on sale now. Season tickets, mini-plans and group packages are still available by calling (407) UCF-1000 or visiting UCFKnights.com.