Lipscomb's Lady Bisons basketball team closed out the regular season with a 54-51 loss to UCF Friday afternoon at Allen Arena.
The game, a rematch of last season's Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship game, was the final tune-up for both teams before heading to Dothan ,Ala.
UCF is guaranteed the No. 1 seed. The Lady Bisons are not certain of their seed until after the rest of the conference teams close out their regular season schedules.
The Lady Bisons jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but UCF went on a 14-3 run to take 14-9 lead with approximately eight minutes left to play in the first half. UCF extended the lead to nine points at 27-18 with 3:33 left before intermission on a jump shot by Takira Allen.
The Lady Bisons started chipping away at the lead. A 3-pointer by Courtney Boynton with 21 seconds left gave UCF only a 27-23 lead. But a foul by Katie Beth Pate with one second left sent Keunta Miles to free throw line where she hit both shots for a 29-23 halftime advantage.
The Lady Bisons came on strong in the second half. They tied the game at 33-33 with 15:37 left on a lay-up by Julie Martin. But the Lady Bisons did not take their first lead of the second half until 10:21 when Pate hit the first of two free throw attempts to break a tie for a 38-37 edge.
The Lady Bisons stretched the lead to five, their biggest advantage of the half at 44-39 on a lay-up by Courtney Boynton.
With a little more than two minutes to play the Lady Bisons were up 51-50 on a lay-up by Martin. But UCF's Lashaunda Slade responded with a lay-up for a 52-51 edge. A jump shot by Ali Roberts iced the game at 54-51.
Boynton finished with a game-high 17 points. Lindsay Daly added 10. Pate pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Allen led UCF in scoring with 15. Miles added 10, and Slade pitched in 10.