Orlando. Fla- The Lady Knights took a tough loss in their opening game of the season. Losing to Mercer 64 to 73.
UCF had a tough time dealing with Kahlia Lawrence. The Mercer guard lite up the Knights with 26 points. Mercer shot the ball well from 3, shooting 47%.
The Knights guards had a tough time penetrating the Mercer zone defense. They were not shooting outside shots in the first half, making it difficult to penetrate. This made it very difficult to create space for their talented big, Fifi Ndour.
Fifi Ndour played an efficient game. Scoring 24, along with grabbing 12 rebounds.
Korneila Wright played well. When she pushed the tempo the Knights offense was more successful. It will be critical that the Knights get out and run as they continue into the season.
Zakiya Saunders started to shoot with confidence late into the second half. Saunders and Kayla Thigpen both showed off pretty strokes. They both will be key contributors to this offense. If they can shoot the ball it will clear things up for Fifi Ndour down low.
These girls played a nice 4th quarter. They put up an impressive 27 points, it was just a little too late. The Lady Knights play at Chattanooga on Monday. Look for them to bounce back nicely.