Women’s basketball falls to UCF, 92-59
There was nothing sort of kryptonite stopping Jelisa Caldwell as she led UCF to a 92-59 victory over the JU women’s basketball team on Monday night in Orlando, Fla.

Caldwell scored 21 of her game-high 30 points in the first half to pace the Knights (5-5) in the win. UCF finished the night shooting 47.2 percent (34-72) from the floor and secured a 52-31 rebounding advantage.

“We weren’t very sharp tonight,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “They did some things offensively that we had trouble stopping. It will be a good for us to take a couple days off and refocus before taking the court against Long Island next week.”

The Dolphins (6-4) were led by a 22-point effort from junior guard Crystal Bell, while senior forward Taneskei Richardson recorded eight of her 15 points in the second half. JU finished shooting 38.6 percent from the floor and went an even 50 percent (10-20) at the charity stripe.

In the first half, Caldwell carried the Knights to a 20-10 lead on a three pointer at 14:26. Bell hit a three pointer less than two minutes later, but UCF went on a 11-0 tear, capped by a free throw from Aisha Patrick (10:02), to take a 33-13 advantage. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 34-23 on a layup by Richardson at 5:45. Caldwell would strike again with four more points to give the Knights a 44-30 lead at half.

Patrick finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for UCF. Chelsie Wiley scored 11 points to round out the Knights’ players in double figures.

Caldwell opened the second half by scoring nine of the first 11 points for UCF to help build a 55-34 advantage (16:12). The Dolphins got two free throws from Richardson (12:11), but a three-point play from Angelica Mealing on the next trip down the floor gave the Knights a 27-point lead to help secure the victory.

Senior forward Lynsey Paschal added eight points and eight rebounds for JU, while sophomore guard Maggie Wilson and freshman forward Jade Cargill each tallied four points.

The Dolphins are off for the Christmas holiday and will return home on Dec. 30 to play Long Island in their final non-conference game in the Veterans Memorial Area. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.