MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UCFAthletics.com) - A spirited second-half rally lifted the UCF women's basketball team to a 70-65 win over Memphis on Sunday afternoon. The Knights (7-12, 1-4), who trailed by as much as 14 points in the game, delivered the Tigers' (12-8, 3-3) first loss at home in conference play and snatched their first win at Elma Roane Fieldhouse since 2009.
Junior forward Erika Jones led three Knights in double figures with her first double-double of the year thanks to a career-high 18 points and season-high 17 rebounds. Senior Gevenia Carter added 17 points, including two clutch threes in the second half, and freshman Briahanna Jackson added 14 points.
After the teams played to a 9-9 tie to open the game, Memphis' Ariel Hearn took over with an old-fashioned 3-point play that sparked the Tigers on a 13-2 run. They led by as much as 14 points, 29-15, when Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir sank a trey, and headed into halftime with a 35-25 edge.
The Knights remained on their mission and chipped away at Memphis' lead thanks to an 8-0 run at the beginning of the second half. Carter kept the momentum going when she swished two treys from the same corner to bring UCF within 44-43.
She then helped give the Knights their first lead of the game when she dished to Andrea Hines in transition for a layup, 45-44, with 11:39 to play.
UCF extended its advantage to nine points with 6:42 to go with a free throw from Jones, and although Memphis stayed on the Knights' heels, UCF found a way to score timely buckets to keep the lead out of reach.
Memphis made its last push in the final two minutes when Nicole Dickson drained a 3-pointer and Hearn followed with a fast-break layup to shrink the gap to 64-61 with 1:35 remaining.
Jones came up with an offensive board on UCF's next possession and finished with a layup, and the Knights closed out the game at the free throw line where they converted 4-of-6 in the final 30 seconds.
UCF returns to Orlando to host Tulane on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently available by calling (407) UCF-1000 or by visiting UCFAthletics.com.