UCF Women's Basketball Falls Short in 2OT Thriller

Dec. 13, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

BOCA RATON, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF women's basketball team ran out of manpower in its double-overtime thriller at Florida Atlantic, dropping an 82-69 decision to the Owls on the road Friday night.

Playing without their leading scorer Briahanna Jackson, who fouled out in regulation, and starting point guard Andrea Hines for most of the extra periods, the Knights (7-2) did their best to hang on to their 6-point lead early in the first overtime.

But FAU (6-2) was not deterred as it trailed 67-61 and managed to put together a 21-2 run from that point on, converting timely free throws and racking up 12 points off UCF's turnovers.

"Defensively we didn't get it done tonight," UCF head coach Joi Williams said. "I thought we had a really good chance. We were playing solid in the first overtime and then we just had mental breakdowns. We didn't block out, gave up a few offensive boards. Then we fouled a kid behind the 3-point line. You just can't do those things, especially on the road. We have to learn from it and hopefully get better."

Junior forward Brittni Montgomery posted a monster, record-breaking night with a career-high 14 points and school-record-tying 24 rebounds - 14 in the first half alone. She matched teammate Erika Jones' mark set in 2011 in a triple-overtime loss at South Alabama.

"I thought Brittni did a heck of a job on the boards," Williams said. "We have been looking for that from her all season, so she has to continue to do that. I thought our post did a pretty good job tonight, we just couldn't get it done from the perimeter."

Senior guard Sara Djassi also recorded a double-double - her first of the season - with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Stephanie Taylor fell one rebound shy of a double-double with her 14 points and Jackson finished with 12 points.

As UCF trailed by 8 points with four minutes remaining, freshman Jordan Jackson sank four-straight free throws to inject some life back into the Knights' offense. Briahanna Jackson pulled off some noise-making plays, including a steal that led to her go-ahead fast-break jumper, 59-58, to cap an 11-2 run.

But Jackson's impact was cut short on the Owls' next possession. She thought she got a clean swipe at Chenise Miller's attempt under the basket, but the whistle blew for her fifth foul, putting Miller at the free throw line. She missed the first short, but sank the second to tie it at 59. The teams would exchange scores to rest regulation tied, 61-61.

UCF pounced in the opening minutes of the first overtime but Kimberly Smith sank 4-of-5 from the free throw line in a 30-second span to give her team hope of tying the game once again. It ignited the Owls' lopsided run and they escaped for the win.

The Knights have a quick turnaround, playing at home Monday at 7 p.m. against Middle Tennessee.

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.



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