UCF Falls Short Against No. 11 UCLA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF women's basketball team put together a valiant performance against No. 11 UCLA, but came up short in a 61-56 loss to the Bruins at the Cavalier Classic in John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday evening.
UCF (4-3) and UCLA (6-0) battled in the first-ever meeting between the programs with 14 ties and 16 lead changes over the course of the 40-minute contest.
The Bruins jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, but UCF responded to take a 12-8 lead into the media timeout. Back-to-back three-pointers from Sianni Martin and Georgia Gayle gave the Knights a 20-17 edge after the first 10 minutes.
In a tightly contested second quarter, UCLA led by as many as four points before taking a 33-31 advantage into halftime.
The Knights turned up their intensity in the third frame, outscoring the Bruins 20-13. Trailing 44-43 with 3:07 remaining in the quarter, the Black and Gold used six points from Gayle and a jumper from Martin to outscore UCLA 8-2 down the stretch and take a 51-46 lead into the final 10 minutes.
A pair of free throws from Diamond Battles less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter gave UCF its largest lead of the night, 53-46. However, the Bruins, who are coming off a 2019 NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, chipped away at UCF's lead. Five UCLA points in the final minute pushed the Bruins to a 61-56 victory.
UCF held a 41-35 rebounding advantage and shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line for the game.
Sianni Martin led the way with a season-best 22 points. Diamond Battles added a career-high 11 points with five rebounds and four assists. Masseny Kaba and Brittney Smith each had seven rebounds to lead the Knights.
UCF closes out the Cavalier Classic with a 1 p.m. contest against a James Madison squad that is receiving votes in the top 25 on Sunday. The Knights then take a break for finals before opening a five-game homestand in Addition Financial Arena. The Knights return to action on Dec. 17, hosting Quinnipiac at 6 p.m.
The UCF women's basketball team is set for its fourth season under head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. Purchase season tickets by clicking here or calling (407) 823-1000.    

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