Road Tripped

BLACKSBURG, Va. ( - The UCF women's basketball team battled against Virginia Tech, but dropped an 86-69 decision to the Hokies in Cassell Coliseum on Sunday evening.

UCF (2-2) took a five point lead, 15-10, on a jumper from sophomore Korneila Wright with 3:34 remaining in the first quarter. Virginia Tech (4-0) responded with a 9-2 run to take a 19-17 advantage, but senior Aliyah Gregory sank a jumper with 11 seconds remaining to pull the Knights even at the end of the frame.

The Hokies reclaimed the lead to open the second quarter and extended their edge to 45-30 heading into the locker rooms.

The Knights began to chip away at the Virginia Tech lead, pulling within 10 points, 54-44, on a pair of free throws from Wright with just over a minute remaining in the third period. UCF would make it a 10-point game again in the fourth quarter, 59-49, on a Wright layup with 8:31 left to play, but Virginia Tech stopped the Black and Gold rally to claim the victory.

Korneila Wright poured in a career-high 18 points, dishing out four assists with two steals in 37 minutes of action. For the third straight game, Aliyah Gregory reached double figures, adding 18 points with six rebounds in 39 minutes. Senior Fifi Ndour chipped in 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman Masseny Kaba added a career-high 10 points, grabbing eight boards to finish just shy of a double-double.

UCF returns to CFE Arena to host Elon on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. The Knights continue their home stand with the UCF Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 25-26.

The UCF women's basketball team is set for its second season under head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. Season tickets are on sale now for $40. Click here or call (407) 823-1000 for ticket information.

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