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Tulsa Falls to UCF, 54-48

Taleya Mayberry had a team-leading 13 points.
Taleya Mayberry had a team-leading 13 points.
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Orlando, Fla. - The Tulsa women's basketball team dropped a 54-48 decision to UCF on Thursday night at UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla. The Golden Hurricane fell to 9-11 on the season and 4-5 in Conference USA, while the Knights moved to 10-11 overall and 5-4 in the league.

"Going into the game, there were three things we absolutely had to do," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "First, we had to get out and push the ball in transition, and I think we did that pretty well. Second, we couldn't give up dribble penetration, and we couldn't let them have the ball in the paint, but they scored 32 of 54 points in the paint. We just weren't good defensively tonight. And third, we had to outrebound this team and we didn't. It boils down to us not keeping them out of the paint and us not getting rebounds."

Taleya Mayberry had a team-leading 13 points, followed by Taylor Hooker with seven, and Tiffani Couisnard and Jessica McQuin with six each. Mariah Turner and Kadan Brady both came in off the bench and added five points. Couisnard pulled down double-digit rebounds with 10 and Hooker had eight boards.

UCF had a 50-46 lead in rebounds and a 3-2 advantage in blocks, but the Golden Hurricane had a narrow 5-4 lead in steals. Tulsa had 18 points off the bench, 20 second-chance points and 26 points in the paint, while shooting 29-percent from the field, just 12-percent from behind the arc and 54-percent from the charity stripe.

Both teams traded a pair of baskets to start the game, but Tulsa was held scoreless for over four minutes off the clock as UCF scored nine unanswered points and then climbed to a nine-point lead (15-6) with 12:48 on the clock. TU pulled to within one, 17-16, in the following four minutes, but the Knights inched away again, climbing once again to a nine-point lead, and took a 31-25 advantage into the break. The second half was tightly contested as both teams scored 23 points, as UCF earned the 54-48 victory.

The Knights were led by a trio of players in double figures, including 14 by Gevenia Carter, 13 by Kayli Keough and 12 by Aisha Patrick. Patrick also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, while Erika Jones had 10.

Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, February 5th against Houston. The TU-UH game, which is set for 2:00 pm at the Reynolds Center, is the annual National Girls and Women in Sports game. TU will recognize this year's NGWSD Honoree, Sloan Taylor, as well as the Tulsa women's athletic teams at halftime of the contest. All women receive free admission.