Burns Hits 1,000 Career Points in 42-41 Win over Campbell

by Jenna VanHoose

ORLANDO – Fifth-year guard Mya Burns eclipsed 1,000 career points milestone to help lead the UCF women’s basketball team to a one-point win over Campbell, 42-41, Sunday afternoon in Addition Financial Arena.

Achol Akot proved to be a catalyst, helping the Knights take the lead with 0.9 seconds left in the fourth following two free throws to give UCF a one-point lead and earn its seventh win of the season, tying for the best start in program history since the 1984 season. Akot tallied 14 points and added nine rebounds along with one steal.

Kaitlin Peterson recorded nine points, going 3-4 from the free-throw line. Burns added seven points with one triple, three rebounds and two steals.

UCF (7-0) struggled to get going offensively ending the first with just six points off a three-pointer from Burns and three free throws from Peterson. Campbell (5-2) came out and went 2-5 from beyond the arc to take an early lead at the end of the first, 10-6.

The Knights picked it up a little bit in the second to go 5-15 from the field but headed into the locker room with an 11-point deficit, 30-19.

UCF and Campbell put the pressure on coming out of the locker room remaining scoreless through the first 3:40 of the third quarter. Akot made a second-chance layup to score the first basket out of the half. The Knights continued to chip away at the Fighting Camels' lead, 32-26.

A triple from Peterson changed the momentum of the game with 3:41 left in the final frame. The Knights proceeded to go on a 12-2 run as Akot ended the game with two made free throws going 4-6 on the day to aid the Black and Gold in the 42-41 win over the Fighting Camels. The game marked the lowest-scoring output for the Knights since Feb. 12, 2021, in UCF's 41-39 victory over UAB.

The Knights will take a week break for finals before gearing up for their final three games of the non-conference schedule. UCF will host New Orleans on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. for its Kid’s Day game.