Despite being tied at halftime with UCF, Wichita State fell short 57-49 on Wednesday night at Charles Koch Arena.
Wichita State (11-14, 4-8) turned the ball over eight times in the fourth quarter and missed its first seven shots to let UCF pull away. WSU finished the game shooting 37 percent and committing 19 turnovers, while also going 4-of-14 from beyond the arc.
UCF missed 12 of its 14 shots from long range, but shot 46 percent overall and outrebounded the Shockers 31-29.
Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage and Raven Prince led the Shockers with 10 points each, with Lozada-Cabbage collected her second double-double of the season and her fourth game with 10 or more rebounds. Carla Bremaud and Seraphine Bastin added nine points each, with Bastin grabbing six rebounds.
After trading baskets early in the first quarter, an inside layup by Prince gave the Shockers a 6-2 lead. UCF cut the lead to one, but a 3-pointer from Bremaud allowed the Shockers to go back up by four.
A pull up jumper by the Knights tied it up at 13 a piece, but Wichita State fed off shooting 44 percent after the first 10 minutes to snag the one-point advantage.
Trading baskets through the first 3:30 of the second quarter, UCF regained the lead off a jumper from Kayla Thigpen. The Shockers came up with a two-point lead, coming off a 3-pointer from Lozada-Cabbage and a basket from Seraphine Bastin with 3:30 left in the first half.
Lozada-Cabbage’s second three of the game and a layup from Cesaria Ambrosio pushed the lead back out to three, but two consecutive baskets from the Knights allowed them to take a 27-26 lead with under a minute to play in the first half.
A layup from Lozada-Cabbage with 10 seconds to go helped the Shockers regain the lead, but a jumper by UCF inside the arc just before the buzzer allowed the Knights to knot it up at 29-29 heading into the locker room.
UCF started the third quarter jumping out to a quick lead, but Bremaud’s up-and-under layup allowed the Shockers to retake the lead. Bastin responded to a UCF layup, converting a three-point play that put the Shockers ahead 39-37 with 4:51 left in the third quarter.
Shooting 50 percent from the floor in the third quarter, UCF took a three-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
The Knights carried the momentum into the fourth quarter, coming up with a basket while drawing the foul on its first position. UCF forced the Shockers to a scoreless fourth quarter through the first 7:30, going on a 13-0 scoring run in the process.
UCF turned its defense into offense in the fourth quarter, forcing the Shockers to shoot 27 percent from the floor. Kay Kay Wright led the Knights with 21 points on the night, shooting 47 percent while grabbing six rebounds.
Wichita State goes on the road for its next conference matchup, facing USF on Saturday at 6 p.m.