Bittersweet Battle


ATLANTA, Ga. (UCFKnights.com) – A historic season came to a close on Sunday afternoon as the UCF women's basketball team fell short at Georgia Tech, 63-51.
The Knights finished the season with a 21-12 overall record, the program's best mark since the 2010-11 campaign.
UCF battled the Yellow Jackets from the tipoff until the final buzzer. After trailing by as many as nine points in the second quarter, the Knights went on 10-2 run to pull within one point, 26-25, with 3:21 on the clock. Georgia Tech pushed back out to a six-point advantage, but the Black and Gold scored five unanswered in the final 1:41 to head into the locker room trailing 31-30.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth effort. After trading baskets in the first two minutes of play, Georgia Tech pushed out to a 40-34 advantage with 5:41 remaining. The Knights limited the Yellow Jackets to just two points over the next five minutes of action. Senior Zykira Lewis pulled the Knights even, 42-42, as her jumper swished in with seven ticks left on the clock.
Georgia Tech pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Knights 21-9, to capture the win.
In her final game as a Knight, Zykira Lewis finished with a team-high 17 points, grabbing four rebounds and a pair of steals. She ended her career 1,883 points and has made more three-pointers than any Knight – man or woman – in UCF history (271).
Junior Aliyah Gregory added 16 points, going 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Junior Fifi Ndour grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
UCF achieved milestone after milestone under first year head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, including earning the program's first WNIT bid.