Oct. 10, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Every day at practice, the friendly competition starts the minute the two pillars of the UCF women's basketball team's frontcourt step onto the hardwood.
Standing at 6-foot-2, senior forward Erika Jones and 6-foot-3 redshirt junior forward Brittni Montgomery battle for boards. For Jones, there is only one acceptable outcome.
"I told her in practice, `Don't try to steal my rebounds,'" Jones said with a smile. "It's always competitive. No one gets my rebounds."
Jones has made sure of that. She currently sits at No. 4 in the UCF record books for career rebounds (739) as she heads into her final year in a Black and Gold uniform.
She said she hopes to break into the 1,000-rebound club by season's end -- a feat only UCF record holder Tamika Coley (1,211; Class of '96) has achieved in UCF's 29-year history as a Division I program.
Jones is 261 shy of the 1,000 benchmark, which is well within her reach. As a sophomore, she brought down 274 rebounds and increased her production as a junior last year with 326 for the season.
Jones has much more on her mind, though, than just rebounds. She wants to make her senior year a memorable one and aspires to help UCF make a statement in its first year as a member of one of college basketball's premiere women's basketball leagues, the American Athletic Conference.
She said she wants to set a standard during the non-conference season with the goal of winning more games than the team ever has before.
"I think that we have a lot to prove because our team is young and we're going to be competing against teams like UConn and Louisville," Jones said. "I honestly think that we can make a big run in this conference."