Knights Hold On For Win at Tulane

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NEW ORLEANS – The UCF women's basketball team extended its win streak to six straight with a 63-61 win over Tulane in Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening.
UCF (11-2, 9-1 The American) snapped a six-game win streak for Tulane (14-6, 10-5 The American) with its first win in the Big Easy since Feb. 22, 2017. The victory also marked the 100th for head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson since her arrival at UCF on April 1, 2016.
The Green Wave scored first, but the Knights rebounded to take a 13-3 lead with 4:57 left in the opening frame. The Black and Gold held a 17-13 edge after the first. UCF maintained its lead through the second quarter and took a 35-28 advantage into halftime.
Tulane opened the third quarter with a three-pointer to cut UCF's lead to four, 35-31, but the Knights responded with a five-point spurt from Masseny Kaba and Alisha Lewis. The Knights were in front by their largest margin, 51-39, heading into the fourth.
The Green Wave opened on a 9-0 run to pull within three, 51-48, but Lewis and Kaba responded with a 6-0 spurt to put the Knights back up. Tulane continued to chip away, but defensive stops and clutch free throws from Diamond Battles and Lewis down the stretch secured the victory for the Knights.
Alisha Lewis led the Knights with 16 points and had four assists. Masseny Kaba added 13 points with six rebounds and three blocks. She moved into the career top 10 in blocks and rebounds, with 612 career boards and 76 career blocks.
Courtajia Sanders chipped in 12 points and collected a team-high seven rebounds. Diamond Battles scored all seven of her points at the charity stripe, dished out five assists, had six rebounds and four steals.
UCF returns to The City Beautiful to host Tulsa on Saturday at noon. UCF defeated the Golden Hurricane 53-42 in Tulsa on Dec. 19.
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