UCF defeats Broncs, 49-30
ORLANDO, FL – The Rider University women’s basketball team started the game strong on both the offensive and defensive ends in the first quarter, but UCF outscored the Broncs, 16-6, in the second quarter and cruised to a 49-30 victory Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the UCF Thanksgiving Challenge at CFE Arena. With the Broncs’ first setback of the year, Rider moves to 3-1. The Knights are now 5-1.
Stella Johnson (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) paced the Broncs with 12 points and four steals, while Robin Perkins (Willingboro, NJ/Trenton Catholic [Saint Francis Univ.]) added seven points. Kamila Hoskova (Brno, Czech Republic/Sportovni Gymnazium Ludvika Danka) and Yeliz Dogan (Izmir, Turkey/Antalya Koleji [Western Nebraska C.C.]) chipped in with six rebounds apiece.
Joslyn Massey led UCF with 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals, while Nyala Shuler grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
“Tough loss today. Defensively, we did what we wanted but couldn’t finish plays with a rebound,” said Rider Head Coach Lynn Milligan. “Offensively, we just did not have a good day. Our shots and decisions were not there. We didn’t give ourselves enough opportunities.”
After the Broncs scored six-straight points to open the game and held UCF off the scoreboard for the first six minutes, the Knights scored six points in a row in a span of 51 seconds to tie the game at 6-6. Perkins snapped the run with a triple, before UCF took its first lead of the game with the final four points of the first quarter. The Knights would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
Johnson scored all six of Rider’s points in the second quarter, but UCF outscored the Broncs, 16-6, in the period to extend to its largest lead of the half, 26-15, at the break. Johnson led Rider with eight points and three steals in the first half, while Perkins had five points. Massey led UCF with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to go along with three steals. Lewis added seven points, three rebounds and three assists.
The UCF lead steadily grew to 27, 49-22, in the fourth quarter, before the Broncs scored the game’s final eight points to account for the 49-30 final score.
“We have to have a short memory and be ready to go tomorrow,” said Milligan.
For the game, the Knights outshot the Broncs, 33.9 percent (19-56) to 21.3 percent (10-47) from the floor and took a 50-31 advantage on the glass.
The Broncs conclude play in the UCF Thanksgiving Classic tomorrow at noon, when they face St. Bonaventure.
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