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By Jenna Marina
GREENVILLE, N.C. (UCFKnights.com) - No sophomore slump here.
Guard Zykira Lewis has been an unstoppable force for the Knights in her second year in uniform, and she wrapped up the regular season Monday by making history in the UCF women's basketball team's 67-57 loss to East Carolina.
The American Athletic Conference's second-leading scorer became the program's single-season leader for 3-pointers. On her second trey of the game, which came from the left wing and hit nothing but net, Lewis knocked down her 83rd 3-pointer of the year to claim the record previously set in 2007 by Francine Houston.
Lewis finished the game with one more 3-pointer en route to a game-high 16 points. In addition, she upped her career total to 121, which ranks fourth among UCF's career leaders.
For the second-straight game, UCF entered halftime with a showing of better than 50 percent from the field. The Knights started out on fire as they hit 5-of-5 from behind the arc to fuel a 28-17 lead.
East Carolina climbed back into it with a 12-6 stretch over the final eight minutes of the half. Thanks to three offensive boards on their final possession, the Pirates were able to tip in the ball before the buzzer sounded to close the gap to 36-34.
Offensive rebounding allowed East Carolina to not only overcome the deficit, but take command of the game. The Pirates brought down 25 offensive boards that led to 21 second-chance points.
The Pirates netted 16 unanswered points before Jordan Jackson hit a 3-pointer that ended the run with 13:26 to go in the game. The Pirates also got a boost from the free throw line, where the connected on 18-of-19 for the night.
The Knights cut it to 10 points with 10 minutes to go, but Janesha Brown responded promptly with a 3-pointer, and UCF could never get it back into single digits the rest of the way.
UCF (9-20, 5-13) will face Cincinnati in the 8-9 matchup in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3 and the winner will advance to face defending national champion UConn in Saturday's quarterfinal.