Dec. 21, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF women's basketball team closed the non-conference season with a 78-66 loss to Iona on Saturday afternoon.
Despite giving up a season-high 13 3-pointers to the Gaels, the Knights (7-4) hung with Iona (7-2) every step of the way until they were forced to put the nation's leading free-throw- percentage-shooting team on the line in the final minutes of the contest.
Junior forward Stephanie Taylor posted a career day of 16 points, which included an 8-of-10 showing from the charity stripe. She also added a season-high three blocks.
Sophomore guard Briahanna Jackson contributed 15 points while junior guard Andrea Hines netted 10 points and matched her career high in assists with seven.
UCF fell behind by as much as 10 points in the first half but steadily chipped away at the deficit thanks to inspired play from Jackson. She scored six points of an 8-0 run that cut Iona's lead to 24-22 with less than six minutes to play before the break.
Although Iona's hot hands from behind the arc helped the Gaels stay a beat ahead, it was Taylor who took over for the Knights this time around. She netted six points, including two free throws that tied the score for the first time in the game, 30-30.
Facing a four-point halftime deficit, UCF managed to tie the score twice more but could never gain a clear edge. After Hines found Taylor for a bucket to lock it at 51-51 with less than nine minutes to go, the Gaels went on a 9-2 run that allowed them to cruise to their sixth-straight victory.
The Knights begin a new era on Dec. 28 when they travel to Houston at 3 p.m. ET for their first American Athletic Conference game. The matchup will broadcast online on the American Digital Network for free.
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.