Women's Basketball Handles Flagler, 82-31, in Exhibition Game

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By Pat Salvas

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Four members of the UCF women's basketball scored in double figures as it defeated Flagler College, 82-31, in an exhibition matchup Sunday afternoon at the UCF Arena. Senior Angelica Mealing (Decatur, Ga.) led the Knights with game highs of 15 points, eight assists and six steals in the 51-point victory.

UCF will begin the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m., as it travels to Florida for the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Knights will be competing in the Preseason WNIT for the first time in program history.

Senior D'Nay Daniels (Atlanta, Ga.) scored 14 points in the win, just one off Mealing's game-high 15. Senior Chelsie Wiley (Riviera Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Gevenia Carter (Houston, Texas) rounded out the Knights in double digits as they scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Freshman Erika Jones (Phenix City, Ala.), making her debut with UCF, pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds, while adding five points. Jones also recorded the only two blocks of the game for the Knights.

After a slow start, the Knights took a commanding lead midway through the first period of play. The UCF defense forced Flagler into 23 first-half turnovers, which lead to 25 points. The Knights looked to get the ball down low early on, outscoring the Saints, 30-0, in the paint in the first 20 minutes of play. Headed into the break, UCF led 52-17.

The second half was much of the same with UCF's defense continuing to pressure the Saints past midcourt. That defensive pressure led to more turnovers for Flagler, which finished the game 37 in all.

Mealing's six thefts led all players, while Daniels and Aisha Patrick (Rockledge, Fla.) each added four. Patrick also added four assists and five boards in the contest.

Freshman Sarah Green (Columbia, S.C.) pulled down eight rebounds in her first game with the Knights, while also adding two of the team's 28 steals.

The Knights outshot the Saints in the game, as they finished 33-of-75 (44.0 percent) from the floor. Flagler shot just 20.8 percent (11-53) from the field in its lone exhibition game of the season.

Season and single-game tickets for the 2010-11 women's basketball team are on sale now. Season tickets start at just $39. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling (407) UCF-1000.