Alendra Brown tied her career high with 19 points.
Feb. 22, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - Alendra Brown tied her career high with 19 points and Chassity Brown added 15 points, but the Green Wave women's basketball team fell at Central Florida, 77-71 on Friday night at New UCF Arena. Tulane used a 13-2 run to erase an 11-point deficit in 4:08, but the Knights hit 12 of 14 free throws in the final 1:53.
Tulane falls to 14-12 overall, 4-9 in Conference USA. After shooting 56 percent in the first half, Tulane mustered only 29 percent from the field in the second half. Chassity Brown scored nine of her 15 in the second half, while she added three steals. Alendra Brown connected on eight-of-17 from the field, with nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double.
UCF improves to 9-17 overall, 2-11 in C-USA behind six players in double-figure scoring. The Knights were led by Chelsie Wiley with 14 points, while D'Nay Daniels, Angelica Mealing and Emma Cannon each added 11.
The Green Wave outscored UCF 46-34 in the paint and scored 12 points in the second half off 13 UCF miscues in the final 20 minutes. But the Green Wave finished 0-14 from behind the three-point arc.
UCF jumped out to a 10-4 lead to open the game, as Emma Cannon scored inside twice. Alendra Brown converted two `and-one' opportunities, as Tulane cut the margin to 14-10. Megan Valicevic hit a pair of free throws and a lay-up in transition, and Brown added a steal and put-back as Tulane used an 8-2 run to take a 20-18 lead.
Nikki Luckhurst found Brittany Lindsey on a back-door cut and a free throw by Caitlin Cleveland tied the game at 25-25. But the Knights went on a 15-6 run over the next 3:52, as Angelica Mealing hit a pair of three-pointers. Cleveland added a jumper, Chassity Brown hit a pair of free throws and Dominique Philpots hit a jumper from the elbow as Tulane cut the deficit to 40-35 at halftime.
Tulane was led at intermission by Alendra Brown's 10 points, while Langford chipped in six. The Green Wave shot 56.5 percent from the field in the first half (13-of-23), but the Knights converted 15 Tulane turnovers into 20 points. UCF also owned a 19-14 advantage in rebounding, scoring 13 second chance points off 12 offensive rebounds.
In the second half, Brown scored three of Tulane's five points as the Wave tied the game 40-40, but the Knights surged ahead, 51-46 as Chelsie Wiley scored seven points. Tulane hit only five of its first 23 attempts in the second half as UCF built a 61-52 to 6:39 to go.
Wiley got to the free throw line to give UCF a 67-65 lead, and after the Wave came up empty, the Knights hit three more free throws before Langford hit a jumper. And UCF outscored Tulane 12-6 in the final two minutes, scoring all their points from the free throw line on 12-of-14 from the stripe.
Tulane faces Southern Miss on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT before returning to Fogelman Arena to close out the regular season at home on Feb. 28 against Tulsa and March 1 vs SMU. Tulane's game vs SMU will air live at 5 p.m. on CSTV.