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UCF women’s basketball defeats East Carolina 79-51 for fourth straight win


The UCF women’s basketball team continued its run of recent success on Saturday, blowing out East Carolina 79-51 for its fourth straight win.

The Knights (17-9, 7-6 AAC) capitalized on a strong first quarter, where they outscored the Pirates (10-17, 7-6) by 11, to quickly take control and make sure the outcome was never in question. Junior guard Aliyah Gregory led the way for UCF on offense, scoring 27 points on 61% shooting and dishing out three assists.

Gregory has been a key factor for the Knights during their win streak. She has now scored 20 or more points in five straight games and is averaging 30 points per game in February. Against East Carolina, UCF shot 46% from the field despite making only two of its eight three-point attempts.

Sophomore forward Tolulope Omokore also had a strong performance for the Knights, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds, including five offensive boards.

UCF also relied on a strong defensive performance. The Knights held the Pirates to just 34% shooting from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.

With just three games left until the American Conference Championships, UCF seems to be hitting its stride. Since losing four in a row in early January, the Knights have gone 7-3 and have won by double digits five times.

UCF will take on Tulane in New Orleans on Feb. 22 in its final road game of the season.