UCF Women's Basketball Falls 54-51 to Tulsa
Jan. 24, 2013
By Jenna Marina
TULSA, Okla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's basketball team couldn't hang on in a hard-fought battle at Tulsa Thursday night in a 54-51 decision. The Knights (6-12, 0-4 Conference USA) dropped their first game to the Golden Hurricane (7-11, 2-3) since 2008.
Tulsa rallied from a first-half deficit to outscore the Knights, 29-20, in the second half. As Tulsa led 52-51 in the final minute, Tiffani Couisnard hit a dagger with 11 seconds to go to put the Hurricane up by three.
Senior Gevenia Carter attempted a 3-pointer from the top of the key with nine seconds remaining, but it clanked off the front of the rim and sailed left, and the Knights weren't able to get a second stab at sending the game to overtime.
In a first half that featured 10 lead changes and four tied-scores, the Keough sisters set UCF's pace by accounting for 10 of the team's first 15 points. Meghan helped open the game with two jumpers from the free throw line and Kayli rattled off three buckets in less than a minute for a 15-13 edge.
The Knights jutted out to their largest lead when freshman Briahanna Jackson drained back-to-back 3-pointers, 26-16, before heading into the locker room holding a 31-25 advantage for their first halftime lead in six games.
The Golden Hurricane caught fire at the open of the second half with three 3-pointers while the Knights turned ice cold, converting just one field goal over the first nine minutes.
Tulsa knotted the game twice before reclaiming a 42-40 lead with two free throws from Taleya Mayberry. From that point on, for every basket the Knights put through the net, the Hurricane responded with one of their own.
Tulsa caught a break when Jones was cited for a foul as the shot clock buzzer sounded with less than two minutes to play, putting Couisnard at the line where she converted the first for a 52-51 lead.
UCF's next two offensive possessions resulted in a missed 3-pointer and jumper by Jackson, and Tulsa went on to complete the comeback.
Up next, UCF continues its travels to Memphis for Sunday's afternoon showdown at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can tune into Scott Adams' free audio broadcast of the game via UCFAthletics.com and any mobile device.