UCF 65, JACKSONVILLE 60 (OT)
ORLANDO, Fla. – In the first game of the 2018 Postseason WNIT, overtime was required to determine a winner, as Zakiya Saunders scored 25 points and hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds in the extra session to preserve the victory.
Jacksonville (24-9) started the game cold, going just 3-of-17 in the first quarter, but the Dolphins used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to take a lead. Scoring was hard to come by early in the third quarter, but the Knights (22-10) rode a 7-0 burst to take the lead, 23-21, as Aliyah Gregory got a steal and assisted on a jumper from Lawriell Wilson.
Jacksonville took a one-point lead into the final quarter, but Wilson scored five points in a 40-second stretch to give UCF a 43-38 lead with 5:02 to go. Wilson came through with a jumper to give the Knights a 49-46 lead with nine seconds left, but Jasmyn Brown hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Kayla Thigpen’s jumper pushed UCF to a 55-52 lead in overtime, and the host team held on even as Brown hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining. The Knights will play either Alabama or Southern in Round 2.
Wilson added 15 points for UCF, and Gregory finished with 11 points. For the Dolphins, Brown had 19 points and Buie closed with 13 points and four steals.