Marshall women fall at UCF, 67-52
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In perhaps its best all-around game of the season, the UCF women's basketball team made a good impression on a national television audience with a 67-52 win over Marshall on Thursday night in Conference USA action at UCF Arena.
Freshman standout Briahanna Jackson led four Knights in double figures with 18 points to go along with a game-high seven steals.
Erika Jones, who tallied 13 points, fell one rebound shy of a double-double, and Sara Djassi netted a season-high 13 points. Gevenia Carter rounded out the quartet with 12 points to delight the 303 fans in the arena and those watching Fox SportSouth and Fox Sports affiliates.
UCF (8-14, 2-6 C-USA) has now won six of the last seven meetings against the Herd and leads the all-time series 9-8. Marshall has lost seven in row when showcased on television.
On defense, UCF held Shay Weaver to two points on 1-of-6 shooting. She was the leading scorer for the Thundering Herd (7-14, 1-7 C-USA).
Erica Woods had a career night for the Herd, totaling a career-high 20 points. She tied a season-high in rebounds with eight and steals with four. Woods' total is the highest tally of any player this season.
"She is the solidarity that we have," first-year coach Matt Daniel said about Woods.
"We are asking her to do a lot and I'm sure she is fatigued, but she is someone who is mature enough to handle everything that is going on on the floor."
Marshall made just two of 17 shots from three-point range and turned the ball over 25 times. The Knights totaled 23 points off turnovers, the most by a conference opponent since 2010.
UCF's biggest lead came at 60-43 with 7:25 left. UCF's 15-point margin of victory was the largest differential over a conference opponent in 20 games.
"They got after us pretty good and we didn't handle it well," Daniel said. "When we don't handle things well we are going to be in trouble. We have to take care of it better. It wasn't nerves, I just think we were focusing on the wrong things."
UCF enjoyed a 37-29 edge in rebounds and totaled 14 offensive rebounds compared to Marshall's five.
"Pitiful," Daniel said. "We haven't run up against that so far this season. It was disappointing in a lot of facets of the game. We went over 40 percent from the field, but only 2-for-17 from the three. It was a bad night for us all around and I didn't like how we handled the bad night."
Marshall's next game is Sunday against SMU in Dallas. Game time is 3 p.m.