ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - A hungry and energized UCF women's basketball team won 54-48 against Tulsa on Thursday night at the UCF Arena. The Knights (10-11, 5-4 C-USA) produced three double-digit scorers and saw several of their reserves produce quality minutes off the bench.
When the team needed points, junior guard Gevenia Carter came up huge down the stretch with a timely three-pointer and the final bucket to clinch the game. She finished with a game-high 14 points. Senior guard Aisha Patrick tallied her sixth double-double of the year with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Redshirt junior forward Kayli Keough finished with 13 points after recording 11 in the first half alone.
With nine points, sophomore Erika Jones fell one point shy of a double-double. Even more impressive, seven of her 10 rebounds were offensive.
UCF opened the game with consecutive and-one plays from its frontcourt tandem of Keough and Jones. The Knights' fast tempo allowed them to pile on fast break points and take as much as an eight-point lead when Carter grabbed a defensive rebound and finished with a coast-to-coast layup.
Patrick capped the half by grabbing an offensive rebound before putting back a layup to give the Knights a 31-25 edge. UCF kept the momentum in the second half going as freshman Stephanie Taylor swatted an impressive block and Carter sank a three in the first two minutes of play.
Down by seven with just over six minutes to go, Tulsa (9-11, 4-5 C-USA) managed to shrink the gap to a single possession, 45-42, before Patrick found Carter open in the left corner for a three-pointer.
As the Knights held on to a four-point lead with 1:18 remaining, sophomore Sarah Green came up with a big offensive rebound, which allowed Carter to drive to the hoop and seal the win.
Up next, UCF will travel to Memphis on Saturday for a nationally televised game on Sun Sports at 5 p.m. eastern.