UCF Cruises to Win at Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI – The UCF women's basketball team picked up where it left off, posting a 70-51 win over Cincinnati in Fifth Third Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Playing its first game in 16 days, UCF (10-2, 8-1 The American) scored the first four points and never trailed as the Knights completed the season sweep of Cincinnati (4-13, 3-10 The American). Brittney Smith and Alisha Lewis combined for 49 of UCF's 70 points, with Smith grabbing 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
The Knights held a 15-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter. While the Bearcats were able to pull within one on two occasions in the second frame, baskets from Lewis and Smith pushed UCF's lead to seven, 30-23, at halftime.
The Black and Gold began to pull away in the third quarter, going ahead by 14 points, 45-31, on a fastbreak layup from Ahna Burney with 2:39 left to play. UCF led 49-35 heading into the final period. The final tally of 70-51 marked the Knights' largest lead of the game.
Smith led all scorers with a career-high 25 points, shot 76.9 percent (10-13) from the field and collected five of her 12 rebounds on the offensive glass. Lewis drained six three-pointers en route to her career-high 24 points.
Diamond Battles joined Lewis and Smith in double figures, scoring 11 points to go along with a game-high six assists. Ahna Burney collected a game-high four steals.
UCF forced Cincinnati into 21 turnovers, covering those into 23 points. The Knights scored 32 points in the paint.
UCF continues its road swing with a trip to New Orleans. The Knights face Tulane at 7 p.m. on ESPN+ in Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.
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