Daniels’ 16 not enough to stop ECU
Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 16:01
As the end of regular season draws closer, the Knights continue to drop in the conference standings. A win at East Carolina could've stopped the bleeding a bit.
However, the Knights fell to the Pirates 65-58, dropping UCF (11-10 overall, 4-4 Conference USA) to 0-6 all-time in Greenville, N.C., and 2-8 on the road this season.
At one point ECU led by a margin of 17 points and after that, the Pirates maintained a lead for the entire second half en route to the victory. ECU (9-11 overall, 3-4 C-USA) shot 44 percent from the field to UCF's 36 percent.
The Knights now sit with a .500 record in C-USA, which more than likely will send them down to the middle of conference standings with just eight games left.
The bright spot for UCF was senior D'Nay Daniels who nearly recorded a double-double (16 points, 9 rebounds). Sophomore Gevenia Carter, one game removed from a career high in points, had 9 points off the bench.
Seniors Chelsie Wiley and Jelisa Caldwell chipped in with 8 points apiece, but were a combined 4-20 from the field. The Knights were only 11-20 from the free throw line, missing 8 free throws in the second half alone.
Three ECU players scored in double figures against the Knights. Ashley Clarke had 12 points. Crystal Wilson and Kim Gay recorded 11 points each. Shala Hodges was 3-6 from behind the arc for 9 points.
The Knights will try to raise their conference record as they travel to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricane for their next game Sunday at 2 p.m.